I have to start by saying this millipede cake wouldn't be MY first choice for a cake. My daughter is a huge bug/critter fan. We have had Bob the critter man at her last 3 birthday parties. She also has Crawley the millipede as a pet. So, last year I asked her what kind of cake she wanted, and she said "millipede".
We thought and thought of how we would make a millipede cake. So this is what we came up with. We lined 24 cupcakes up kinda like a snake. Then bought the Halloween m&m's (since her b-day is in October) and picked out all the black m&m's. We put them in lines to make them look like the millipede's outer shell. And took red licorice and put them on it to be legs.
This is the finished product. The kids and my daughter loved it, hope you do too!
We've had millions of cicadas in Missouri this year, and my almost-one-year-old has loved playing with them. Naturally, we thought a cicada cake was the perfect choice for her first birthday!
I made an orange cake recipe in a loaf pan. I rounded out one end for a head, and the other end I made so it came to a point. I frosted with orange cream cheese icing then covered with black marshmallow fondant. Eyes are red fondant, legs are orange fondant. Wings are homemade candy poured into wing shaped molds I made out of aluminum foil. I pulled them out of the molds when they were solid enough to hold together but pliable enough to wrap around the bug's back. I used orange dye to paint on wing detail and finished it up with green-dyed coconut and rocks written on with icing.
My daughter is turning 6 and is in love with snails. She has water snails for pets and spends countless hours searching for and playing with garden snails around the property. I wanted to surprise her with a snail cake, but didn't want a huge commitment with baking and sculpting all day.
I baked two 9" rounds, which I stuck together with frosting, and a small square for the pieces of the neck and tail. I also baked one cupcake for the round for the head. I frosted all of the pieces separately and then stuck them together with frosting. The antenaae are pirouette cookies and the eyes are marshmallows!
I loved the idea of making the mud out of chocolate frosting and dirt out of chocolate cake crumbles. The candy pebbles were also such a cute touch.