I made this Baby Einstein caterpillar cake for my friend’s daughters first birthday, the theme was as you can see Baby Einstein.
I made the body segments with the Wilton sports ball pan, but I didn’t just want a two-dimensional cake so each segment is two halves together. His feet were made with cupcakes, as was his tail. I used candy melts to make all of his facial features and antennae.
I used dowels to secure all of his body segments together, one through each of his ends; I attached the tail with skewers and attached his head with 2 dowels. He ended up being almost three feet long, and since he was kind of heavy I used a long board to put him on.
More Baby Einstein Caterpillar Cake Ideas
I had a friend that was throwing a Baby Einstein party for her son’s first birthday. She asked me to make the cake, and I was more than willing! For the Baby Einstein Caterpillar cake, I found a picture of the caterpillar on the internet and began to “copy” it in the shape of a cake.
First I used a small Pyrex glass bowl and baked 1/2 a cake in each bowl for a total of 6 cakes. I lined them up on the board in the same “pattern” as the caterpillar photo that I found. I colored the icing using the appropriate Wilton Icing color for each cake.
I then used Nilla Wafers and covered them with pink icing for the cheeks, black licorice for the mouth and chocolate wafer cookies that I shaped to the appropriate size and shape for the eyes. I used powdered sugar that I sprinkled on to the cake in an oval pattern to make it look just like the photo.
By making so many different cakes, we were able to make all kinds of different flavors as well.
Cake by Kelly J., Round Rock, TX
This is the Baby Einstein Caterpillar cake I made for my son Connor’s first birthday. I got the idea off this site after I had decided on a Baby Einstein theme, but could not find a cake pan. Thank you for the idea! I used the Wilton Sports Ball pan and tip 16 to create each dome. The feet and tail were made with butter cream icing directly onto the cake board-using tip 16.
Cake by Sabrina G., Tifton, GA
This is a new Baby Einstein Caterpillar cake for the Baby Einstein Theme Party.
I got my idea for my son’s cake from this website. I wanted something a little smaller for him that would be easy to manage. I used the Wilton Sport Ball Mini Cake Pan. This was the perfect size to sit on my son’s highchair. One box of cake mix will make 12 mini ball halves. I used five for the caterpillar and made individual ball halves for the other children attending.
To decorate, I used 5 different colors of the Wilton Icing tubes with #16 tip. Two black pipe cleaners were used for antennas, and mouth. I purchased small wiggly eyes to use for the caterpillar’s eyes. For my son’s name, I bought small wooden letters, painted them coordinating colors. Painted toothpicks to match the letters and hot glued them on the back.
The Baby Einstein Caterpillar cake is fast and simple to make. It was a huge hit at his party and he loved it. It only took 20 minutes to bake, cooled for 30 minutes and started decorating.
Cake by Durlye W., Honolulu, Hawaii
For this Baby Einstein Caterpillar cake — each cake was a different flavor, chocolate, lemon, strawberry, orange and vanilla. I used Betty Crocker frosting with food coloring. I used 9-inched Wilton baking pans. I set the cake on a piece of 3/8″ plywood that was 2’X 4′.
Cake by Crystal S., Newbury Park, CA
Here’s another Baby Einstein Caterpillar cake to add to the wonderful cake gallery.
We used the Wilton’s half dome cake pans. We actually used 3 simple (Duncan Hines moist deluxe) white-boxed cake mixes— 1 per every 2 domes (you end up with an extra dome). Everyone asked for the recipe for the white cake.
Then we also used 2 chocolate-boxed cakes in which we baked in 2 flat cooking pans. We put these 2 chocolate cakes (approx 1-inch high each) next to each other to look like the dirt that the caterpillar rests on. We frosted the cakes with homemade buttercream frosting, adding William-Sonoma food coloring paste to get the vivid colors.
We took 2 “Dum Dum” lollipops and covered them with the red icing for the antennas. We sprinkled colored crystals using homemade stencils for the mouth and eyes. We added some green frosting for the grass. We also used yellow frosting for the feet. It turned out delightful. We were quite pleased with the outcome of the Baby Einstein Caterpillar cake.
Cake by B-D Drader, Edson, Alberta
For this Baby Einstein Caterpillar cake, I just followed the existing caterpillar pattern (the ones showed in this cake gallery) with a few changes in the way I decorated each round cake pattern-wise). I used the whipping cream icing from Wiltons with no 16.
Baby Einstein caterpillar cake by Annette N., Sacramento, CA
Here’s an idea for a Baby Einstein caterpillar cake to add to this great cake gallery. You can use half of the Wilton’s sports ball cake pan, Betty Crocker’s White frosting, Wilton’s food coloring in blue, red, yellow, purple, green, black tube frosting, tip #16, 2 red pipe cleaners, 2 red puff balls, wooden cooking skewers, white poster board, #1 cake candle, and five boxes of cake mix.
In advance, trace the empty cake pan as a pattern onto a piece of cardboard in your desired configuration. Cut the board around the configuration. Make sure you leave enough room for the feet and tail. Cover the board with foil.
In advance, draw block letters of you birthday name separately onto white poster board. Or you can trace letter stencils. Cut out each letter and color them with markers to match your cake. After cutting a wooden cooking skewer into half, tape the skewer onto the back of each letter. Make sure to leave enough room on the bottom since you will be inserting these into the cake.
Next, get a red pipe cleaner and cut it to the desired length of your antennas. Get a red puffball and wrap one end of the pipe cleaner around the ball until it is secure and will not fall out. Wrap tape around the other end of the pipe cleaner, which you will use to stick in the cake. Make 2 of these.
Bake and cool 5 cake domes. This pan is a little tricky. It comes with a center dome that you can use to put ice cream, another flavor of cake in the middle, etc. We left out the middle dome and just used the outer dome. It’s the same thing as using half of the Wilton ‘s sports ball cake pan.
Center the first cake for the head and use tip #16 to start frosting it. Frost until you have a small fraction of space left where you can attach the next cake. Attach the next cake and make sure they are close enough together to look joined. Finish frosting the rest of the first cake and then move on to frost the next cake. Continue this until all 5 cakes are frosted.
Once you have completely finished frosting the cakes, use frosting to make the feet (make them in the shape of a small ball in between each dome). Then use frosting to make the tail (1/2 moon shape). Draw the face in with the black tube frosting and then attach the antennas by inserting the tape side into the cake.
Take your letters and insert them where you want them placed in the cake. Use the #1 candle at the end. You have now successfully made a jaw-dropping Baby Einstein caterpillar cake!
Baby Einstein caterpillar cake by Joyce B., Oklahoma City, OK
Baby Einstein caterpillar cake by Shelby S., Leonberg, Germany
I was doing a baby Einstein theme for my son’s first birthday. I wanted to use the caterpillar for the cake.
I made four 8-inch rounds in assorted flavors, one 6-inch pan for the head, and 8 cupcakes. I used 4 cupcakes for the caterpillar’s feet, I cut one in moon shape for the tail, two for the antennas and one cut in slice for the strip holding the antennas.
I used golden yellow, royal blue, no taste red, kelly green, and violet for the colors. I used the 17 star tip for the top of the cake pieces.
Baby Einstein caterpillar cake by Heather W., Spring, TX
My son loved Baby Einstein. I looked through many a cake gallery last year to find Baby Einstein caterpillar cake and supplies, but they were none to be found. I had to come up with my own ideas to make this party a success.
The baby Einstein logo is a caterpillar so I searched high and low until I found a recipe for a caterpillar cake on an Internet cake gallery. My friend Lisa Tennyson made the cake.
She used: Wilton Buttercream Icing, Wilton Cookie Cutters, Alphabet Set Wilton Fanci-Foil Wrap, Wilton Flower, Spike Wilton Icing Color, Lemon Yellow Wilton Icing Color, Rose Wilton Icing Color, Royal Blue Wilton Icing Color, Violet Wilton Lollipop Sticks, 4 inch Wilton Numeral Candle, #1 Wilton Pan, Sports Ball Wilton Roll Out Cookie Dough, Wilton Tip No. 12, Wilton Tip No. 16 Floral wire, four 18-inch pieces of violet ribbon, ¼-inch wide Candy, chocolate-coated c andy, heart-shaped candy, jelly candy, jelly beans candy, shoestring licorice, cornstarch.
In advance, use empty ball pan as pattern and trace 5 half-ball shapes into desired configuration on cardboard. Allow approximately 1 extra inch around cake shapes. Cut board and cover with Fanci-Foil Wrap. Set aside.
In advance, use Alphabet Cutter Set and cookie dough to cut out birthday name. Note: to make the apostrophe, roll a ¼-inch ball of dough and shape into apostrophe. Bake and cool cookies. Pipe-in cookies with tip no. 12. Smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch. Set aside.
Bake and cool five halves from Sports Ball. Position the first cake on the board, beginning with the head. Cover with tip no. 16. Position candy eyes, nose and licorice mouth. Twist 4 pieces of florist wire together at bottom; 2 sections of two wires. Wrap each wire with ribbon and secure with tape.
Cake by Maria McCarthy, New Jersey
I used 2 Wilton dome pans (4 domes in each pan), 1 box of cake mix, let cool really well in pan then turn upside down to let the domes slide out, hopefully unharmed.
I then used Wilton roll out Fondant icing (a little hint: knead in a little bit of clear vanilla or almond extract to add better flavor), then roll out, drape over and smooth the icing down gently while cupping the dome, use primary colors and Viola, decorate with licorice and gumballs and you’re set! You can use butter cream also, it tastes better but the fondant looks nicer, you choose.