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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Hungry Caterpillar Cake

As the little man was having a hungry caterpillar themed 2nd birthday tea party i decided to complete the theme by making a homemade cake.

I started by making a basic sponge cake mixture using the following receipe:

6oz Self raising flour
6oz Butter
6oz Caster Sugar
3 eggs
1  teaspoon baking powder.

I greased and lined a 9inch square tin. For this receipe i creamed together the butter and sugar, add the eggs one by one mixing thoroughly after each one. I then added the flour and again mixed thoroughly. I then folded in the baking powder.

Cooking time in my oven was approx 20 mins at 180.

I also made a batch of buttercream ready for when decorating the cake

Whilst the cake was cooking i drew a template of the hungry caterpillar on greaseproof paper.

Once the cake had cooled, i used the template to cut the basic shape of the caterpillar.

Using the template to shape the cake
The caterpillar shape ready for decorating

For the sugarpaste covering, i had a pack of pre-coloured red, green and blue paste, but i used party green colour gel to colour a further two shades of green and a small amount of brown for the legs.

Using the template i then cut the caterpillar's head and body into smaller pieces, covered in buttercream wrapped in cling film and place in the fridge for half an hour.

Starting with the head i rolled the sugarpaste and covered each part individually, again using the template after finishing each piece i placed onto the cake board using a small amount of icing to secure  each piece to the next. For the body of the caterpillar i alternated the green colours to create the 'right apperance'.
Shaping the caterpillar

Once the caterpillar's head and body had been  completed and shaped onto the board, i cut out little legs from the brown coloured sugarpaste and add the eyes and noses features to the face. I then created the antenna's using blue sugarpaste formed around small pieces of dried spaghetti to keep them upright.

Adding the face details

To finish the cake a made a small amount of icing and smeared across the bottom of the board and added several rows of skittles to create the dotted effect used in the book.

The Finished caterpillar cake

 The little man loved it!


  1. Wow that is so good! Looks yummy too! :)

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  2. thats a fantastic cake!! i so wish i could bake :-(

  3. Looks fab - great idea!

    Would love for you to link up at the "Party Party" I am hosting on Mums Make Lists for birthday party related posts

  4. That is a fantastic cake, love it!

  5. Ooooh! That's bloody marvelous!


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