I Should start by saying that I am not, remotely, the cake-making type. I typically would buy a cake and call it a day. But I got inspired by the other caterpillar cakes here and so I went for it for my son's first birthday. I am so glad I did - this caterpillar cake turned out well and was fun in the process!
I used the Wilton sports ball cake pan and bought 2 (four domes, total) so I could speed up the baking phase. I used standard cake mixes (chocolate, vanilla, marble). I found that filling the domes to within a half-inch of the top of the pan worked best, though required about 45 minutes to cook thoroughly. Be sure to grease and flour the pans VERY well to avoid losing chunks of the cake when you pop them out of the pans.
Colored the store-bought frosting (too little time to make it!) with the Wilton dyes, using very little so that I would have paler colors.
I followed someone else's advice and first traced the location of my circles on the foam board. Then I covered the foam board in parchment paper. I used 6 domes for the caterpillar. The antennae were pip cleaners. I used large "confetti" sprinkles for the polka-dots on its back (and scattered some around the whole thing) and then large vanilla melt-aways for the feet.
Overall I think it turned out well, though was time-consuming (about 4 hours). I plan to do something similar for an upcoming party.
This caterpillar cake was for my kids 4 & 5 birthday party! and being a single dad for this one I wanted to make it special this year. So I created this cake and it was 7 cakes and 14 tubs of icing but they loved it!
I have never made a cake like this before and was a little scared but in the end I was pleased with the way it turned out all the way to the coconut grass turned out great! It wasn't as bad as I had expected it to be either!
All you need is so motivation and a open mind and you can create anything that you want to! One helpful hint, use only cake mixes that do not have pudding in them, they will not support the other half to make the ball and keep icing cold while putting it on the cake so it does not get runny on you! Let your mind go and be patient and it will all come together and you will not only have a cake but a lot of memories from your experience!
Our son's Baby Einstein Caterpillar Cake turned out AWESOME! I baked it, and my patient, and talented sister - Cristy iced it! We hated to cut it! It only took 5 hours of baking and 5 hours icing! What fun!
The head was vanilla cake, the teal ones was lemon, the red was red velvet, and the green and blue were chocolate. We used Twinkies for the feet and twizzlers for the antenna's.
Suggestions from our experiences. You will need lots of chopsticks/dowels to hold the head on. Also, we almost had the head fall off because she iced one side of the face which made it heavy and it wanted to tip off. Ice evenly around the head to level out the weight. It is also very difficult to ice the undersides of the balls, so we covered it by filling in with the green colored coconut - grass.
Anyway, my baby loved it! He even dove in to the cake face first to get a good bite!