This Hungry Caterpillar cake was made for a co-worker, her grandbaby Zoey’s 1st birthday. My two daughters 10 and 16 made this cake. My 10 yr old made the cake by modifing 4 boxes of birthday cake mix. Instead of following the box instructions, she mixed the 4 boxes with 3 cups of water, 2 eggs, and 1 1/3 cups of oil. This made the cake less moist but still delicious.
She split the batter and baked into two 13×9 inch cakes. After cooling, the cakes were placed next to each other on a board and placed in the freezer for 20 min. We then took them out and I carved the tops of the cake to look like an open book and iced them with butter cream frosting. I made fondant using 1lb bag marshmallows melted in the microwave with 2tbs of water, then added 2lbs of p.sugar. I greased my hands with shortening and kneaded the fondant to a nice smooth texture.
I then dusted the counter top with p.sugar and rolled out 1/3 of the fondant, cut a nice straight line and placed on 1/2 of the cake, then did the same for the other half. I smoothed it out and used a pizza cutter to cut of the excess pieces. We used Wilton food coloring and the other 1/3 piece of fondant to create and paint the designs of our Hungry Caterpillar book for Zoey.
My 16 yr old made the foods, leaves, and my 10 yrs old and I made the caterpillar, sun and tree. This was the best part of the decorating process, working together and having fun. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ZOEY!