I have made a 3D ladybug before, but using fondant and can easily make the head that way. But on a cake using ONLY buttercream, how would I make the 3D ladybug head?
COuld you use the largest round tip and let it build up to the size you need for the head? Let it crust and then smooth a little to get out any lines or what ever. THen add the details.
That is a good idea! Thanks! It might just work too if I can get the ball big enough. I know I could just make some fondant and use that for the head, but dont really want to. Was thinking of shaping a cupcake round, and trying to frost that somehow too. But not sure if I could get it smooth enough to look good.
Depending on how large your cake is use the largest round tip you have. Start by holding the opening about in the middle of where you want the head to be and squeeze the bag. Don't raise the tip up until it is as large as what you want it to be and then slowly raise it up and allow the icing to fill in as a ball. When it crusts you can smooth it with an angled spatula and then finish off with your fingertips. Be sure to touch lightly enough to smooth and not crush the icing. I hope this helps you!
Thanks for the tip idea, I wasnt able to acheive the results I wanted doing it that way. I ended up just carving a cupcake round, frosting it then freezing it so I can move it to the body easily. It worked! I posted a pic in my photos.