This Caterpillar Garden Birthday Cake was my daughter's first birthday cake. I got the idea for the caterpillar from this website (thanks to all of you) but everything else was my own creation. I used a sheet cake for the base, frosted green, with grassy accents (using the Wilton grass tip).
I used the Wilton miniball pan for the caterpillar's body segments. When I set the head on top of the front body segment, I had some crushing issues. I ended up fixing it but it would have been a lot smarter to just provide adequate support from the beginning. Next time, I would use a sturdy piece of round card board on top of the bottom ball, supported by three or four dowels.
The snail's body is a candy cane-shaped cookie broken in two. His shell is made of two tops of mini muffin cupcakes "glued" together with frosting. The large toadstool is the top of a regular sized cupcake supported by two stacked bottoms of minimuffins. The smaller toadstools are vanilla wafers supported by gumdrops. The flower is a cookie, as are the letters spelling my daughter's name. I just inserted toothpicks into the cookies right when they came out of the oven.
I made this 2nd Birthday Caterpillar Cake for my daughter! It was an absolute hit. The cake was super easy to do. I bought the sports ball cake pan, and used 4 store cake mixes. I used 4 different cake mixes to create more fun. I kept them in halves so I had 8 total to create a more dynamic caterpillar, that would stretch along the board.
I baked the cakes ahead of time, and put them in the freezer until I was ready to use them. The day before the party I let the cakes thaw until they were room temperature to decorate. I cheated on the frosting. I bought ready made frosting (4.5 lb tub). I bought food coloring paste in an assortment of bright colors for the kiddos to enjoy. I bought the plastic, throw away, decorating bags, and a few larger decorating tips to create different textures on the cake.
I used 5 different colors, and decorated the cake in fun patterns. The frosting took about 3 hours to create the master piece, but was well worth the time, and hand cramps! Before the cake was cut, my daughter was sneaking frosting off one of the caterpillars! I would do that again.
My daughter has a spring birthday so for her 1st birthday I made this Caterpillar Birthday Cake. We did a garden theme, but after checking out this website I just had to try a caterpillar cake. This cake wasn't hard, but because it was my first and there was a little bit of a learning curve, it did take a little time for me to figure out how to frost it.
I used 3 cake mixes (lemon, funfetti, white) to make the cake and some cupcakes and used a couple different oven-safe bowls to bake it in. After baking and cooling, I started the frosting process by doing a really thin crumb coat of frosting. Then using buttercream frosting, tinted with a variety of Wilton's creme dyes, I went to work. Before starting, I sketched out what I wanted each segment to look like.
I used the grass tip to add some grass around the outside and put a few cupcakes around the top that I had outlined some simple flowers on. The face was done with frosting and mini chocolate chips and dum-dum suckers with ribbon were used for the antennae.
It was a HIT and so cute. My daughter even had a whole segment to herself!