This Baby Einstein Caterpillar Cake took about eight hours in which I felt like my arm and hand were going to fall off towards the end but I was so pleased with the outcome. I would also recommend making the frosting ahead of time and store them in disposable plastic containers so you can throw them out after wards and not worry about the mess.
I baked the cakes a day ahead of time. I used the Winston Ball Cake to make the five individual cakes. I used Pillsbury Funfetti for one in which I don't recommend because it was too moist and sticks to the pan. For the decorating I was fortunate enough to have the exact colors that were used on the back of the DVD cover. I used a Wilton #16 tip for the stars and the writing tip for the cheeks, eyes, and mouth.
I believe I used the 2A large round tip to pipe the feet. I used Dum Dum lollipops for the antennae and dipped the stem in leftover red frosting. I decorated them on paper plates on parchment paper to transfer easily. For the base I used a foam poster board to accommodate the size.
After decorating, I stored the individual cakes in the refrigerator overnight. I then transferred the cakes to the board and cut the parchment using a box cutter or exacto knife leaving a small tab to help rearrange the cake. Once I found the right placement, I piped the feet and cut the remaining tabs. Everyone loved it! Thanks everyone for the tips!!
Coolest Baby Einstein Caterpillar First Birthday Cake
When we decided to do a Baby Einstein themed first birthday party for our son, my sister and I of course consulted www.coolest-birthday-cakes.com for ideas. We found great ideas for my older son's 2nd birthday (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake) here.
We used a large Wilton sheet cake pan to make the base. We used a foam board to build the cake on, so it could be thrown away afterward. We used the Wilton Mini Wonder Mold cake pan for the caterpillar segments (about 1/2 cup cake batter in each pan works well). We made the cakes the night before and decorated the morning of the party.
We frosted all the cake parts using Wilton's buttercream icing recipe, substituting butter flavored Crisco for the butter and vanilla Silk for the milk, since our older son is allergic. We used Wilton gel coloring for each color (blue and green for turquoise). We iced the segments before putting them on the cake. We used Kleenex Viva paper towels (yes, it must be Viva) to smooth the base and to texturize the caterpillar. We used leftover icing to line the outer edges of the cake. We piped yellow icing between the segments for the feet.
The antennae were pipe cleaner and pom poms. The face we drew with black decorator icing and pink pom poms for the cheeks.
For the lettering, we used foam letter stickers on colored card stock cut out with pinking shears and attached to wooden skewers.
Thanks for all the other submissions. They are all great, with great ideas!