I made this Baby Einstein Caterpillar cake for my son's first birthday. It was a lot of work but I was happy with the results. I used: *(2) 11x15 Wilton sheet pans for the base * Wilton sports ball pan to make the caterpillar halves * Wilton gel icing colors (red, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black) * 5 cake mixes (vanilla, chocolate, rainbow sprinkles, and chocolate chip) *approx. 3-4 batches of butter cream icing as needed *(2) extra large poster foam boards glued together covered with foil to support the weight of the cake
I baked the cakes 2 days before the party and the decorated the cake the day before. I trimmed the bases to even them out before icing them white. Then I iced each caterpillar half as I fit it onto the sheet cakes.
I used a tip from others, placing parchment paper underneath each cake while icing it to protect the white icing base. The face I piped with black icing and the antennas were dum dum lollipops covered in red icing. Piping the trim and writing was last. Originally I intended to use mini cupcakes as the feet, but they were too large and didn't look right so I just piped a big swirl of yellow icing for each foot.
**RED icing...I used the entire container of Wilton color to get a good red, otherwise it will look pink!
My little girl really enjoys her Baby Einstein videos, so for her first birthday my wife and mother-in-law made a Baby Einstein Caterpillar cake. This was a great choice for more reasons than just my daughter's love of Baby Einstein.
First, since we were expecting upwards of 30 guests, we needed lots of cake, and the large size of the cake took care of this requirement without having to use "dummy cakes." Second, the different colors and cake varieties allowed our guests (especially the little ones) to pick a color and/or cake flavor that suited their taste.
The head and body segments were made from simple round cakes, baked in pans that belonged to my wife's late grandmother. The feet, tail, and antenna tops were made from cupcakes, and the stalks of the antennas were cut from a sheet cake. The icing was homemade buttercream, colored with various Wilton Icing Color dyes.
The icing was applied with a star tip, while the eyeballs and smile were applied with black lettering gel. An accompanying smash cake was made from a round cake with white frosting, and was decorated with a much smaller representation of the large caterpillar.
Starbursts of all the colors used on the caterpillar body were used to outline the perimeter of the smash cake.
Comments for Coolest Baby Einstein Caterpillar Cake 68
These Baby Einstein Caterpillar cakes were done for my boss's son Hunter, for his 1st birthday in 2008. His party was the Baby Einstein theme.
I used the 3-D Wilton ball pan for the larger cake and the Wilton mini ball pan for the smaller cake (smash cake). The pattern was made using the #16 star tip. I have done quite a few cakes since taking the Wilton cake decorating classes about four years ago but, this one was the most challenging for me thus far.
You need a lot of counter space and time. I did have a hard time decorating the bottom part of the ball on the bigger cake. Bamboo skewers were used to hold the head on the rest of the body and dum dum lollipops were used to make the antennas.
This cake was a lot of fun to make even though it required quite a few hours. I really think it was a hit at birthday party and I hope Hunter enjoyed it.