I started by making a basic sponge cake mixture using the following receipe:
6oz Self raising flour
6oz Caster Sugar
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!