This Caterpillar Cake from Baby Einstein was a cake that was easy to make and super fun to decorate! It all started when I received a huge 1st birthday party pack for free with the Baby Einstein theme, so we decided to go with it for my son's 1st birthday which was just right around the corner!
I used 3 cake mixes, and metal mixing pans to create the round shapes. The feet of the caterpillar are made from cup cakes. Each round shape of the body was a different color cake, was real cute! I used 4 tubs of frosting, all white which I then used food coloring to dye the appropriate colors to match the actually caterpillar from the popular baby show.
I then tinted coconut green for the grass. And then added gummy worms and gum drops for 'snakes and flowers'. The eyes are chocolate covered cherries, which great-Grandma loved! And the antennas are Twizzlers, the smile is black gel frosting and two red gum drops to complete the smile. I simply covered a wood board with foil and went from there!
If using your metal mixing bowls for cake pans, make sure to lower the temperature of your oven by about 50 degrees, increase baking time and grease and flour each pan liberally. They will then slide out with ease. A week before, I experimented as to have a success when it was time to bake the 'real thing.'
This was a fun to make cake that ended up being the hit of the party!
This was my son's first birthday cake. He loved the baby Einstein Mozart DVD and would laugh when the dragon came on and stuck his tongue out. The Baby Einstein Dragon Birthday Cake was a plain vanilla cake from a couple of packet mix cakes. I also made up a cupcake to stick his candle in as I didn't want to put in his cake.
The icing was purchased already made up from my local Coles supermarket. It was Betty Crockers vanilla icing. I used 2 2/1 tubes for the cake (yes, i made the cake a bit big).
Once the cake was cooked and cooled I just cut out the shape of the dragon and then iced the cake with an icing knife as per the picture in one of my sons story books.
His mouth was piped on with a piping bag as it was the only way I could think of to get the icing in the shaped of the inside of this mouth. For his tongue I used the hard marzipan icing once again purchased from supermarket and just coloured with food colouring and cut to the shape I wanted.
This was my first attempt at a character cake but I would also like to say thanks to my son's godmother Paula for her help in making his cake.
I knew I wanted a Baby Einstein Lion Cake for my son's birthday, so I did a lot of research online and on this site. I used a combination of different users and my own ideas to come up with this cake.
This is a standard 1/2 sheet cake, which used 3 "box" cake mixes, and only required minimal trimming to level. I used the Wilton Butttercream icing recipe from their website. It is not the pure white recipe, but I sacrificed the "pure white" look for what I think is a better taste. It was "off white", but no one seemed to notice.
I then free handed an image of the Baby Einstein Lion I found online into the cake with a toothpick to outline it and make sure it fit on the cake. I then piped the outline of the lion's face and filled it in with a star tip, using a slightly bigger tip for the nose and mouth area, so it showed up better. I continued to outline areas and fill them in accordingly.
I was really happy with the results and the guests loved it.