Lovely Little Ladybug Fondant Tutorial

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Cake Decorating | Comments


Ladybugs, also referred to as ladybirds or lady beetles, are widely popular insects, especially with children, mostly due to their pleasing polka-dot appearance. Yesterday we showed you how to make a fondant bumble bee, today, we’ll go over how to make a fondant ladybug. With the start of spring, these lucky little bugs are starting to show up in themed parties, such as baby showers and 1st birthdays.

Flutter on over and learn how to make a fondant ladybug to adorn your springtime cakes, cupcakes and confections!

Title Image: How to Make a Fondant Ladybug - Tutorial on Craftsy.com

Materials:

  • Black, red, white and green fondant
  • Water/edible glue and brush
  • Fondant rolling pin with 1/8″ and 1/16″ guide rings
  • Round decorating tips #3, #7 and #10
  • Round 1 1/2″ circle cutter
  • Medium teardrop cutter
  • Large leaf cutter
  • Miniature flower cutters (2 sizes)
  • Small modeling stick
  • Black edible pen
  • Black soft gel paste & toothpick
Go the extra mile and make your own fondant with our delicious marshmallow fondant recipe!

Step 1: How to Make a Fondant Ladybug

Step 1:

Roll black fondant into a ball (approximately 3/4″), then shape it into an oval.

Step 2:

Round the edges of the oval by smoothing the fondant with your fingers, adding vegetable shortening as needed. As you round it out, the bottom will flatten to lay nicely on your bottom topper, forming the ladybug’s body.

Step 3:

Roll another piece of black fondant into a ball (approximately 1/4″), then shape it into an oval for the head.

Step 4:

Flatten out one side of the oval/head and fit it on the front of the larger oval/body. Dip your brush in water/edible glue and attach the head and body together.

Fondant Modeling Tools and Early Stages of Fondant Ladybug

Step 5:

Roll out red fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings. Utilize the 1 1/2″ round cutter to punch out a circle.

Step 6:

Use the same 1 1/2″ round cutter to trim a small piece off the edge of the red circle to fit around the ladybug’s head.

Step 7:

Use the pointed side of the teardrop cutter to trim a triangular piece off the opposite end of the red circle.

Step 8:

Fit the red circle over the ladybug, rounding it out a bit into a dome-like shape. Dip your brush in water/edible glue and apply it to the inside of the dome. Glue it in place.

Step 9:

Use the small modeling stick to indent circles for the eyes on the ladybug’s head.

Step 10:

Roll out white fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings. Use round decorating tip #3 to punch out two circles. Roll them into balls, then glue them in the holes on the ladybug’s head.

Fondant Rolling Pin, Round Tips and Paintbrush and Fondant Ladybug

Step 11:

Roll out black fondant 1/16″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings. Punch out a bunch of circles in various sizes utilizing decorating tips #3, #7 and #10.

Step 12:

Clean up the edges of each circle with your fingers, then place them over the ladybug. Dip your brush in water/edible glue and carefully attach each spot onto the ladybug’s back.

Tip: Vary the locations of the dots and sizes. Carefully place them sporadically on the red fondant and when you’re happy with the design, attach them.

Fondant Lady Bug on a Leaf with Fondant Tools

Step 13:

Roll green fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings. Cut out a large leaf with the cutter.

Step 14:

Dip the toothpick in black soft gel paste and make little dots in the ladybug’s eyes.

Step 15:

Roll red fondant 1/8″ thick with the rolling pin and guide rings. With the miniature flower cutters, punch out a couple flowers in different sizes.

Step 16:

Glue the smaller flower in the center of the larger one and either use your fingers to push up the petals or place them on a foam block and use a small ball tool to press into the center.

Step 17:

Roll black fondant 1/8″ with the rolling pin and guide rings and use round decorating tip #3 to punch out a small circle. Roll it into a ball, then glue it to the center of the flower.

Step 18:

Place the ladybug and flower over the leaf topper in the desired location and glue it in place.

Step 19:

Use an edible marker to draw a dotted path. Allow it to dry thoroughly.

Tip: The drier the fondant is on the leaf topper, the easier it is to write with the marker.

How to Make a Fondant Ladybug - Free Cake Decorating Tutorial on Craftsy

Check out Craftsy’s ever-growing catalog of fondant classes to learn more advanced fondant techniques!

How will you incorporate a lucky little ladybug in your next cake creation?

Comments

  1. Stacie Junio says:

    Thank you for this adorable tutorial. Made these yesterday with my kids – super fun & super cute!