This caterpillar birthday cake was for my son's 1st birthday, because he loves Baby Einstein. I premade 2 batches of marshmallow fondant- one regular and one with cocoa added. I dyed the regular MMF using Wilton gel colors a day or so before, so it would be ready to go.
I baked one cake with the #1 shaped pan and 10 of the mini ball halves. After cutting the tops off of everything to make them level and cooling, I coated the 1 with chocolate buttercream. I took the ball halves and coated with buttercream & put pieces together to form 5 balls. I then chilled everything for about 15 to 20 minutes.
I smoothed the chocolate fondant over the 1 to resemble dirt and sat aside. I coated each ball with a different color fondant to match the Baby Einstein caterpillar, saving a little red & yellow fondant.
I placed the balls so it looked like the caterpillar was climbing up the 1, using sucker sticks to hold each one in place. To put the yellow one on top, I used several sticks, because it was heavy & wanted to lean. I rolled yellow fondant in balls for the feet & tail. I put the tail on with a toothpick. I made all the facial features from fondant & just used water to hold them on. For the antennas, I coated dum dum suckers with red fondant about half way down the stick. Last, I piped green buttercream around the caterpillar and 1 to look like grass (to cover any flaws).
This was my first real attempt with fondant and everyone was really amazed.
I made this cake for my baby's first birthday. I used 3 cake mixes to make it all. The base was made in an 11" x 15" pan. I had orginally planned on putting the ladybug on top, but I decided it was too big. I used a little more than 2 of the cake mixes in this pan. The caterpillar was made using a Wilton mini ball pan. To make the lady bug, I used a small pyrex bowl for the body and one of the balls for the head. I used the rest of the cake mix for the caterpillar and ladybug. I used two types of buttercream icing...I used a whipped icing for the base and a traditional buttercream for all the colored icing. I thought it might help the decorations hold up better.
I added green food coloring to the caterpillar batter and pink food coloring to the lady bug that matched the icing color. I also made the base pink and purple marble. All the colors looked really cute when we cut into the cake.
The butterflies are suckers that I ordered from Oriental Trading Company. I gave the leftover suckers out with the party favors so that all the kids could have one. I pulled off the caterpillar head for the smash cake. Everyone loved the cake....especially the birthday girl.
I looked at lots of cakes on this website and on the wilton site to get ideas.