My daughter’s friend had a bug themed party and when asked to make a cake, I jump for joy suggesting a giant bug for a cake and that is exactly what I made….a big, creepy, Japanese Beetle Bug Cake.
The beetle is sitting on a 16-inch round board and its body measures to about 12 x 6 inches. He’s entirely made out of cake and decorated in fondant.
Included are some of the step-by-step photos of the process in making the cake…
|Baked 2, 8-inch square cakes plus a cupcake for the bugs head. Cut out the base of the cake out of a cake board and used it as a template to carve the basic outline of the beetle|
|Basic outline of the bug carved out of cake|
|I used a paper template from a coloring page of a Japanese Beetle to get the features just right on the cake. Further carved the sides of the cake into shape.|
|Remove the template and eyeballed the rest of the features and carved out the roundness of the bugs body|
|Cover in ganache and let it sit overnight to set|
|Keep adding the details on the bug cake section by section. As you can see, the cake is propped up over a rectangular container that fit under the bug’s body.|
|The wings were the most difficult to get just right. I must have spent a good hour shaping them. I then let the cake rest for a couple of hours so that the fondant can harden up a bit before painting in the details.|
|I used the coloring page as a reference to sculpt the beetle’s legs with – I wrapped up a straw with black fondant and sculpted the details on it. I used the same technique to create the tentacles.|