I made this Caterpillar Birthday Cake for my daughter's first birthday. It has a buttercream frosting on the cake and cupcakes, dyed with Wilton food coloring. For the caterpillar I used a small pyrex glass bowl that I half filled with a packaged cake mix, and cooked 5 of them to get each section. I then placed them as I desired on a large cake board from the bulk store. Then I used a piping bag with the grass-like tip in different colors to achieve the fuzzy cooking texture.
I used sugar dot candies for the face, and pip-cleaners for the antennas. I stuck little icing flowers in random spots, and I used dollar store cut out letters for her name. I used lemon sugar slice candies for the feet. The cupcakes I did with the same grassy tip on the piping bag, and I stuck flower shaped lollipops on them from the dollar store. I cut little leaves out of airhead candy sticks to use at the base of each flower.
When my son turned 7 I was asked to prepare a cake for the "Bug" theme he had chosen. This cake was made with one box of white cake mix. I baked the cake in a bunt pan and after it cooled I cut it in half, then joined the two halves together on one end to make an S shape.
The frosting was white canned frosting that I colored with green gel food coloring. I frosted the cake completely and then added the decorations. The stripes and antennas were made with red licorice strips that I cut. The eyes and spots were candy tarts of different sizes that I purchased at the candy store at our local mall.
I found many of the ideas for this cake on this website and was able to create an original caterpillar for my boy. He loved the cake and the party where everyone received a bug box from the dollar store and were able to collect the lady bugs we released in the backyard.
I had so much fun making this Caterpillar Birthday Cake for my daughter's first birthday. All it took was two boxes of cake mix, three containers of icing (buttercream), food coloring, 1 qt Pyrex (glass oven safe) bowl, cookie cutters, cookie dough, and multi colored pipe cleaners.
The most time consuming part of making this cake was waiting for the cakes to bake because I only had one bowl to cook with.
I made five cakes, decorating them with different colors and textures, for the face I used a heart shape cookie cutter and added M&M's for the eyes and nose. I used the pipe cleaners for the legs, antennas, and mouth. For the cookies I used the cutters to make my daughters name and also I used a cookie cutter to make the round cookies. I decorated them using the extra icing from the cakes.
The cake was a big hit with all of my family and especially with my daughter.
I made this cake for my daughter's sixth birthday party. It was so simple and after seeing it online, I had to try it. I couldn't find the Wilton Sports pan others were using, so I bought a set of 4 anchor hocking bowls from Walmart (less than $10! woo hoo!!) The only thing I couldn't do was line the pan. I set my cake up and decorated with an icing tip. It's best to somewhat warm the frosting.. easier on the hands. For the face we used Jelly Beans, and for the legs we used pipe cleaners. Hope you like!