My nephew was having a bug theme for his first birthday. I created a homemade caterpillar cake for the main cake and a bumblebee cake for the smash cake (in another post). This was my first attempt at 3D cake, and I highly recommend it for its general ease and creative options.
I used the Wilton Sports Ball pan for the 4 body segments and the head. I used cakes from the Wilton Mini Wonder Mold for the tail and the legs. I had a structure under the head to hold it solid. I transported this cake several miles in a car, so I kept the head off until I arrived, then placed the head and decorated it at the party.
I used licorice for the mouth and nose. I also used licorice torn into small pieces and stuck into the icing like hair on one of the body segments. Another segment, I used Hershey kisses for spikes. I put icing stripes on one segment.
I had a couple extra mini wonder cakes that I put on the board and used licorice to make spider legs.
Best thing about the caterpillar is that it will feed lots of people; there were 5+ cakes involved. You can have a great variety of cake options because of the size and differentiation of the body segments. You can use creativity to make the body segments whatever you want. It's aesthetically appealing even while being quite simple to make. Great crowd-pleaser.
This site gave me the courage and sent me in the right direction to make this homemade caterpillar cake, and I have been making 3D cakes ever since!
I came across so many wonderful caterpillar cake ideas on this site - I just had to make one for my daughter's first birthday party. I am SO thrilled with the results. It came out so adorable - I didn't want to cut it up.
I used the Wilton sport ball pan with boxed mixes of chocolate and yellow cakes. And I decorated it in the colors of my daughter's bedroom. It was the first time I have ever used professional cake frosting gels for color and I'll never go back to the grocery store food coloring again. They colors are so vibrant and rich!!
Then I sprinkled candies on the four body segments to look like fuzz. I used the premade frosting in an aerosol can to make the feet - really just squigglies on the cake board. The eyes are junior mints with little bits of marshmallow cut for the whites and the mouth(which ran) was just a gel frosting. The antlers are pipe cleaners.
It came out bright and fun and really cute. Better than I expected that I could do being a first timer.
It worked out nicely too that I was able to give my daughter the caterpillar head as her own cake to go to town on. And the rest of us ate the yummy and colorful body.
I hope you all try this cake at least once for a young child you know and love - it was easy and fun to make!
This Caterpillar Birthday Cake was made using WILTON SPORTS BALL pan. Frosting was store bought and tinted using icing coloring. Feet and face were M&M's.
I had planned on making it elaborate and detailed (like some of the other wonderful cakes on this site), but due to my inexperience with cake making, this is what the final product was! Not too shabby for my first cake ever!