Gaston the Ladybird 3D Cake

Adorable and delicious, or at least as a cake. If you are or know a fan of Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, or Gaston the Ladybird, this is the cake for you!

Gaston the Ladybird 3D Cake

Gaston the Ladybird 3D Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

Red velvet cake with cream cheese buttercream and fondant, in the shape of Gaston the Ladybird from Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Line a bowl (ø18,5 cm) with plastic wrap, using a bit of water to get it to stick to the bowl.
  2. Add a layer of cake, covering the inside of the bowl entirely.
  3. Pipe in some cream cheese buttercream.
  4. Keep alternating between layers of cake and layers of buttercream, ending with a layer of cake.
  5. Add a bit of buttercream to the top and add a cakeboard, upside down, on top.
  6. Refrigerate for one hour, until fully set.
  7. Cover the entire cake in cream cheese buttercream, smoothing it with acetate.
  8. Refrigerate for one hour, until fully set.
  9. Cover at least two skewers (18 cm) in black chocolate and refrigerate for one hour to set.
  10. Roll out the black fondant thinly.
  11. Cover the cake in black fondant, draping it over the cake and gently smoothing and moving it until it is completely covered and smooth.
  12. Cut off the excess black fondant.
  13. Roll out red fondant, about 4 millimetres thick.
  14. Cut a straight line across and drape over half the cake, attaching it with some water.
  15. Smooth out the fondant and cut off the excess, as shown in the video.
  16. Repeat for the other side of the cake.
  17. Create small balls to attach to the skewers out of some of the leftover black fondant.
  18. Roll out remainder of the black fondant thinly and cut out ten circles for the dots and two smaller circles for the black in his eyes.
  19. Attach dots to the cake.
  20. Roll out white fondant thinly and create two big circles for the eyes.
  21. Using a fondant extruder fitted with a small round opening, create lines of blue fondants and thicker lines of red fondant.
  22. Place blue fondant string around the edges of the white circles and attach with water.
  23. Add the small black fondant circles to the white of the eyes.
  24. Attach eyes to cake, using some water, and add on a tiny dot of white fondant onto both eyes.
  25. Shape mouth, out of red fondant string, and attach with some water.
  26. Create some pink blushes and attach with water.
  27. Stick the skewers, or antenna, into place.

Notes

*Baked for 5 - 10 minutes in two cake pans of 38,7 cm × 26 cm.

Disclaimer: Gaston the Ladybird is property of Phil Davies and I am in no way claiming ownership of him.

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