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Coolest Caterpillar Garden Birthday Cake 37

by Adrienne
(Salt Lake City, UT)

Homemade Caterpillar Garden Birthday Cake

Homemade Caterpillar Garden Birthday Cake

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.

This cake was so much work but so much fun!

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Coolest 2nd Birthday Caterpillar Cake 57

by Janelle
(North Dakota)

Homemade 2nd Birthday Caterpillar Cake

Homemade 2nd Birthday Caterpillar Cake

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.

Fun project and received great feedback.

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Coolest Caterpillar Birthday Cake 48

Homemade Caterpillar Birthday Cake

Homemade Caterpillar Birthday Cake

Homemade Caterpillar Birthday Cake
Homemade Caterpillar Birthday Cake

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!

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