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I talk about my daughter on this blog quite often, but I realized just the other day, that I haven’t put a picture of her on here since she was born a year ago! My baby girl celebrated her first birthday last week. I can’t believe it’s already been a year, and how much she has grown.

I have been thinking about her first birthday party for months. Her nickname is Bug, so I knew I wanted a ladybug theme. I found lots of cakes that I liked, but one in particular stood out to me. I set to work planning, and a ladybug birthday party came together. Most of the ideas and recipes came somewhere off the internet, so I’ll be listing lots of links today. I don’t plan parties very often at all, but this was so fun (but a little stressful!) that I can’t wait until I can start planning her second birthday party!

The design for the cake was copied from a cake I saw on flickr. I fell in love with it, and even though I have only worked with fondant once before, I decided to go for it!!

Cake design – here


I used cake mixes for the cakes. I still don’t have a “go-to” cake recipe that is fail proof, and I didn’t have the time or energy to risk trying one that might or might not work out. So cake mixes it was! The bottom cake was chocolate, then the middle round cake was white cake with a blackberry whipped cream filling. The ladybug is actually a rice crispy treat (the things you learn from Food Network!) covered with fondant. I wish I would have iced the rice crispies first, since it’s not smooth because of the texture, but lesson learned!

Blackberry Whipped Cream Filling recipe – here (I did the raspberry version, but substituted blackberry preserves)


All of the fondant except the black was the marshmallow fondant recipe I used before. This is super easy to work with, and actually tastes pretty good!! The black fondant was also a marshmallow fondant, but was a lot harder to work with. I had to add a lot more powdered sugar than the recipe called for, and even then, the fondant was super soft and didn’t keep it’s shape very well. But it was very black – which I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to accomplish! The rest of the icing is just a basic buttercream.

Marshmallow Fondant Recipe – here
Black Marshmallow Fondant Recipe – here
Buttercream Recipe – here


You would think that I would realize there was plenty of cake, but I also wanted to do ladybug cupcakes. Again, the design is stolen from some other cupcakes I saw online. The cupcakes were red velvet, and the frosting was a basic buttercream. A hint if you want black buttercream – add a bit of cocoa along with the black food coloring.

Cupcake design – here


I also needed something easy, since most of my time was going into the cake and cupcakes. So I made these dipped caramels. Super easy, since they are just store bought caramels. Take a caramel, stick a toothpick in it, then dip in chocolate, followed by sprinkles. They looked super cute, but I have to admit that they weren’t really a “wow” item. Maybe if I had made the caramel from scratch, but they were easy and they looked good!

We also had lots of red and pink candy, along with some cake pastries that my mother in law brought. I feel bad that I didn’t really get any good pictures, but the table was up against a window that was super bright, which made pictures difficult. But the party was a success! And lots of fun. It will be fun to see how these parties go as I have more children and as they grow up!

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32 Responses to A Ladybug Birthday Party

  1. javagirlkt's cookin' says:

    Wow, what an amazing spread :) And a lucky little girl! The cake and cupcakes look absolutely fantastic.

  2. Ginny says:

    Wow! She can't be a year old… time really flies… She is so cute! i'm envious of her birthday party! Happy Birthday!

  3. Sweet and Savory says:

    What an amazing party you put together! And too funny…our son Drake, also has the nickname of "bug" or "bugey"…I have no idea where it came from or how it stuck, but I think we call him that more than his actual name! I have to wait till Sept. 13th for his 1st birthday, but I want it to be very special. You've given me some great ideas!

  4. kat says:

    Great job on that cake!

  5. Bellini Valli says:

    Your little sweetie is just adorable and so are your cake and cupcakes. A perfect party for your little "Bug".

  6. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Your daughter is so beautiful!

    What a cute cake! Great job!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  7. Mary says:

    Your birthday girl is very sweet! Her cake is amazing and her party table looks like it was done by a pro. I'm sure she had the best birthday ever. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  8. Dawn says:

    ok she is adorable!! that face!
    you do realize what a wonderful job you did on the cake, this being your 2nd time w/ fondant. I have horrible cake decorating skills–it scares me.

  9. Annie says:

    I love making the kids cakes, although mine aren't near as professional as yours! Nice job! And, your daughter is beautiful. I can't believe it's been a year either. wow :) congratulations, and happy birthday!

  10. Hilary says:

    Super-cute! I love it….you are so talented!

  11. Katie says:

    That is the cutest cake! I love how it looks!

  12. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    DAMN impressive – Everything looks so wonderful and she is so adorable!!!

  13. Sophie says:

    She's beautiful! I can't believe it's been a year already, too! She looks so sweet in that photo, especially with those boots.

    What a lucky gal, all those pretty treats! Hope her day was extra special.

  14. Sadie says:

    How adorable! I love the cake and cupcakes. I am making my neices birthday cake this weekend and know I want to do a ladybug. This just helped me out a ton. I hope you don't mind if I steal some of your ideas. I'll link back to you on my blog.
    http://www.sadieskitchen.blogspot.com

  15. grace says:

    well, the only thing more precious than your ladybug-themed goodies is that darling of a daughter! thanks for showing us a picture!

  16. Sara Schneider says:

    Wow – great job! Some people make a cake, others make cupcakes, you do both, along with caramels! Thanks for the cupcake credit. You can use my ideas anytime:)

  17. Kim says:

    Your daughter is beautiful and it looks like you went all out for her birthday party! I love the ladybug theme and I think those caramels are a really cute idea. You did a great job!!

  18. teresa says:

    ABSOLUTE adorability! happy birthday little girl, i just love how cute you made everything!

  19. Sean says:

    Wow, you made all that stuff? That is amazing, I have to hand it to you, for your first time with fondant that was excellent, I'd probably have it all over the place and probably on the ceiling. Also your daughter is beautiful.

  20. stacief says:

    What a great cake as well as everything else!

    My son's bday was last week and all he got was a thomas train cake from the store…I did make the soup tho!

  21. Barbara Bakes says:

    Happy Birthday to your sweet angel. She is adorable! I'm sure she loved her fabulous cake!

  22. The Double Dipped Life says:

    You are an amazing mom! That cake is just gorgeous! Your little one is darling.

  23. Megan says:

    I cant beleve it's been a year already. Little ones sure do mark othe passage of time, dont they? Here vake is adorable and I love the cupcakes. What a fun party!
    Happy Birthday Bug!

  24. Maria says:

    She is adorable! And I LOVE ladybugs. What a fun party. My b-day is today. I should of planned a ladybug party for me too:)

  25. Chocolate Shavings says:

    Those treats are just too cute!

  26. chocolatecup says:

    those ladybug cupcakes are soooo darn adorable!the party i am sure was a blast with all those yummy foods:)

  27. BabyPop says:

    I Like the caramels idea…

  28. Ingrid says:

    I was trying to catch up on all that I've missed but had to comment on this post. You did a fantastic job on your babygirl's cake! Happy belated brithday to her! She's cutie!
    ~ingrid

  29. Debbie says:

    Wow, wish I had thought of that 29 years ago. My youngest daughter's real name is Brandie, but we always called her Bug. Never thought of having a cake like that. Very creative. Good Job
    Debbie the happy maker

  30. eatme_delicious says:

    Wow very impressive cake and cupcakes!! And your daughter is super adorable.

  31. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says:

    For your first time with fondant, you did amazingly well, I must say!

  32. Kristie says:

    I came upon your site when searching for LB cupcakes. All of your food stuff is great. But the most amazing thing is that photo. Your daughter, in her lightweight clothing, posed against the WHITE snow and that yellow chair. AMAZING. Really well thought out. Inspiring.

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