My son loves to watch Baby Einstein so I decided to make the caterpillar cake for his first birthday party. I found this website and looked through all of the examples of a Baby Einstein cake and decided to use the Wilton sports ball pans.
I bought two sets (40% off coupons for Jo-Ann Fabrics helped with that expense.) It took my fiancé and myself an entire day to make this, but most of that was spent baking the cakes. We made 3 of balls out of Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix, one chocolate and one strawberry. It took two boxes of cake mix to make every ball, but there was always some left over so I used that to make the cupcakes.
We used cocktail sticks from Walmart for the antenna and tail. It was iced with a Wilton star tip. I used Wilton gel food coloring for the icing colors, big mistake! I had never done something like this before and had no idea how to get the colors I wanted. I ended up just taking what I could get because I ran out of the food coloring, and when people ate the strawberry cake, which ended up a pinkish red, it dyed their teeth! Luckily it wore off in a couple of hours.
It was totally worth making this cake, but it is a lot of time and effort. For the grass we just mixed a little green food coloring and coconut together and we used a little tube of black icing from the store for his name. We stuck Happy Birthday candles in the cake before slicing.
This Baby Einstein Lizard Cake was the first cake I ever decorated! I couldn't find a cake topper of Bard that I liked, so decided to try to do it myself!
I enlarged an image of Bard from a paper cake plate using my scanner and put wax paper over it. Then I traced the image with white fondant in a tube. I let it dry for a couple days and then flipped it over on the lightly frosted white cake and transferred the outline on to the cake.
I then filled in using a star tip and looking at the plate to get the details right. I used a piece of a natural fruit roll up for the tongue. I used a little white frosting from the cake for the eyes and cut the tip off of mini chocolate chips for the pupils. I did the yellow parts first, then the mouth and eyes, then did the light green stomach and finally filled in the rest with the darker green.
For the cake itself, I used Naturally Nora box cake mix and frosting. I tinted the frosting naturally as well since we don't eat artificial food colors. For the yellow, I used some stale tumeric. For the green, I used green tea powder (Matcha) and added a little more to make different shades of green. For the pink, I mashed a raspberry and mixed it with some of the white frosting.
Everyone loved the Naturally Nora cake and frosting and the natural food colors couldn't even be detected in the frosting.
I was really happy with my first effort at decorating!