Bugs and Butterflies Cake

I am still alive, I swear I am. The Holidays are always crazy busy for me. And blogging seems to be the first thing to go to the back burner. However I wanted to share a super duper cute cake I made for my niece. She wanted a ” Bugs and Butterflies” birthday party. So I was happy to make her a cake and cupcakes to fit the theme. I think my cake turned out ohhhhh so cute. It is a 10″ and 8″ yellow cake with strawberry filling and Buttercream frosting. I covered it in fondant and handmade ALL of the bugs, betterflies, flowers and letters in a mix of 50% fondant and 50% gumpaste. My favorite part of the cake…..the ladybug family climbing up the back of the cake!






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    Whoa! I didn't know you were this good. You may never see a cake of mine again. Hope all is well.
    My table setting luncheon is on my blog again if you are interested.

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    SOO cute – awesome job! I also really love those little ladybugs!

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    This is awesome!! So Cute!

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    Beautiful! Love it.

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    It is super duper CUUUUUUTE!

    You did a fantastic job!

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    leslie, this is incredible! although every single aspect is massively impressive, i'm just in love with the little line of ladybugs. standing ovation for you!

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    Ciao Chow Linda says:

    That cake is just too adorable. Anybody – kid or adult – would love having that to celebrate a birthday.

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    Leslie M. says:

    Oh Dear LORD… this cake belongs in a CAKE museum!!! Your amazing Les!!! I am so darned Proud of you!!! I just adore you and I am amazed at your Talent!!! Hugs Friend! You deserve all the Good things comin' your way πŸ™‚
    The Other Les

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    β™₯peachkinsβ™₯ says:

    This is a lovely garden cake!

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    oh those ladybugs are PERFECT. you have mad skills on this. I haven't tried much of this yet….yet being the key word.
    girl what holidays are you chatting about? you on another planet or something? haaaaay!

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    That thing is freaking adorable!!

    Looks like something that would come out of Charm City Cakes!

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    Awesome! I love the ladybugs, too! The whole thing is such talent–that I will never have! Grreat, Leslie!

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    Oh my gosh! So cute! I don't know how you do it

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    Mini Baker says:

    wow!!! That is so beautiful! I've never seen one of your fondant cakes and I'm very impressed! πŸ™‚
    -Mini Baker

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    ***Holly*** says:

    The flowers are great but the bugs are ADORABLE!!! I am just starting to learn the art of cake decorating – you're an inspiration! πŸ™‚

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    So cute!! It looks completely professional – gorgeous job!!

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    WOW! Forget HSN (or whatever)..go straight to Amazing Cakes!! That is sooo cute! Michael's (my Michael) birthday is in December so I'm starting to think up a theme!! πŸ™‚ Be waiting for that phone call..

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    Ferni's Food says:

    Wow that cake is absolutley beautiful! You did a really good job it's so detailed and you can tell you put a lot of thought and hard work into it.

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    What a cute and feminine cake!

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    Wow! I adore your cute little bugs crawling all over and around your adorable pink cake! What talent! I am so impressed with your abilities. Congratulations on a lovely cake! Your niece must have been in 7th heaven!

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    cookies and cups says:

    gorgeous! what a lucky girl! the ladybugs are super-cute and the cupcakes are great as well!

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    these are so cute! love the ladybugs and butterflies!!!

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    TheFitnessFreak says:

    My kids need an Auntie like you : ) That is an absolutely adorable cake! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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    Amazing work, Leslie! It looks so professionally done! I love all of the fondant decorations you added. You should be very happy with yourself.

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    GORGEOUS!!!! Seriously so amazing!

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    OMG your bugs and Butterflies are gorgeous and cute!

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    Holy Cow! My birthday is Thursday!!

    Your cake beauuuuutiful!

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    Simply Life says:

    oh my gosh -those are adorable!!!

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    RecipeGirl says:

    Wow, that's pretty darn cute! I've never ever worked with fondant or gumpaste. I suppose taking a class would be a good idea!

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    Cafe Johnsonia says:

    I love it!!! So cute, Leslie. The ladybugs are my favorite part.

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    Leslie, you never fail to impress me. This is one of the most darling cakes I have seen in a long time. Truly adorable.

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    oh. my. gosh. i can hardly handle the cuteness! awesome job, it looks so professional!

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    Chocolate Shavings says:

    What a beautiful, beautiful cake!

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    So beautiful and whimsical…love it!

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    Saw this on tastespotting… pretty darn adorable!

    Many blessings-

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    WOW! WOW! That is absolutely FANTASTIC! I love it! I would hire you in a heartbeat….

    By the way, I have a Olive Oil giveaway going on if you want to check it out!!!

    Once again, awesome job!!!

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    Fahrenheit 350Β° says:

    Jaw… is… on… the… floor! That's incredible!

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    pigpigscorner says:

    awwww so cute!!!

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    Sweet Sins says:

    These are to die for cute!! Great job!!!

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    SO SO CUTE! Love all the different little bugs! Or as my little girl would call them "bees" (everything is a bee!).
    Also..congrats on HSN! That's amazing!

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    That is literally the cutest cake ever. I love the lady bugs!

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    Oh wow! I bet she was totally delighted.

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    You are just dang amazing. Whatever.

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    All I can say is .. it's so damn gorgeous and the bugs and butterflies are so adorable! Love the trail of lady bugs going up the cake.

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    Carrie @ Cottage Cozy says:

    That is just darling. What a lucky niece.

    Stay Cozy, Carrie

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    hot garlic says:

    This is so adorable, you put me to shame! It's Gabey's birthday today and I haven't even taken two shakes to even THINK of making a cake, let alone something cute like this. So adorable. How many hours you must have worked to roll out each piece of fondant / gum paste!

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    Oh. My. Gosh. I LOVE that cake! It really is super duper DUPER cute!

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    Natashya KitchenPuppies says:

    Such a pretty cake! Your niece must have loved it.
    Congrats on representing NordicWare! I love, love, love them. I have over 30 of their pans!

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    I think everyone must have said it was adorable, but really that the word that comes to mind! ADORABLE! You did awesome Lesnie, I also love the ladybug family!

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    Wow! Your daughter is so lucky! Just beautiful. You really have a natural talent for these things. I was oohing and aahing when I was looking at the little kritters. It warmed my heart. Happy 5th Birthday to your daughter!

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    How cute! I LOVE the ladybugs, they are my favorite!

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    The Blonde Duck says:

    That cake is precious!

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    Wow, that cake is wicked good. I have to send this link to my girlfriend, she'll love it.

    Don't let the blog become stress, it's better when you're having fun. πŸ˜‰

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    Table Talk says:

    I found this post on Foodgawker, looking for inspiration for my daughter's b-day cake. Your cake is just beautiful and sweet.
    I just browsed through your blog and see that congratulations are in order—Best of luck with your November apearance!

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    Wow, you did a really beautiful job! I wish I was that talented, I would make my niece's birthday cake!

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    Wow these cakes are the bomb!!!! I cant wait to get to you skill level!

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    what an adorable cake! and it looks uber professional: great job!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Great job!!

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    WHOA lady! Fantastic! That's beautiful!

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    Multi-tasking Mommy says:

    That cake is too adorable! You are super talented, girl!
    How did you ice the tops of those cupcakes?

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    To make the pretty high swirls on the cupcakes, use a Wilton 1M tip. They sell them at Michaels or Joanns. Make one swirl on top of the cupcake. Then make another swirl around the cupcake building the height!

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    Just absolutely beautiful! Wow!

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    The Morris Family says:

    Oh my gosh! I am seriously so jealous of your creativity! I think I would be my child's hero if I could ever conquer something to that magnitude! YOU ROCK!!!

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    This is SUPER cute! Happy Birthday to your niece!

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    Chef Fresco says:

    We've been so busy lately too – it's hard to blog w. so much going on! Anyways, this cake is too cute! So impressive!

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    ~~louise~~ says:

    What a captivating cake of goodness you have created, Leslie. Simply adorable…

    Thanks for sharing…

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    Oh wow. My kid just turned 1, and I won't even tell you what her caked look like. We "hired" someone to make it, and from what I can taste, it was a box cake. And I paid for that mess.

    So, dahhh-ling, your Beautiful!

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    WizzyTheStick says:

    Lovely! So are you taking orders:-)?

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    This is adorable! You really did a great job with it. πŸ™‚ The little snail is my favorite.

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    This cake is just adorable! For saying you had'nt done much with fondant, this looks very professional!! Nice job~

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    Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer says:

    SO SO SO cute. I love the details of the bugs. You ROCK!

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    Anonymous says:

    Leslie- Your cake and cupcakes were so cute!! Not to mention the cake tasted soooo good! I like that you served the side of frosting w/the cake instead of eating the fondant! This prego girl was dreaming about it for a week:) Jackie

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    I love your cake, I'm a homebaker and hopefully I could make a fondant cake just as beautiful someday, I have only tried making a fondant-covered cake once, it was nice but definitely not as nice and pretty as this. Thanks for sharing this! πŸ™‚

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    Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Such a pretty cake! Thanks for the great ideas… I have some left over flowers like these
    which I'll try on my next cake instead of cupcakes. (new to cakes though; might have to email you for questions!) πŸ˜€

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    omg. where do you live? i need to hire you immediately!