I did figure that it might be nice to show the steps to this fun and easy cake for future use, so here goes.
What you will need:
- a box cake (and ingredients it calls for)
- bundt pan
- two jars of icing (or make your own)
- food coloring
- fruit roll ups (extra plastic wrap & scissors)
- mini powdered donuts
- coconut shavings
- a display board (foil)
You just make any flavor box cake in a bundt pan and let the cake cool before shaping it into your caterpillar.
While the cake is cooling we added some yellow dye to store bought frosting, but you could make your own frosting if you want.
|Boxed Cake - Cooling|
Also while the cake is cooling, setup your cake plate/display. We just used a cookie sheet covered with foil, but you could get as fancy as you want.
We also colored some shaved coconut to look like grass, this will help cover up any little bits of frosting that end up on the cake display (of course if you wanted to cut pieces of parchment paper to stick around the base of your cake while frosting that would be fine as well).
One the cake is cooled (and removed from the pan), cut the cake in half (you'll have two half circles) and then cut one of those halves, in half. You now have three pieces.
|Cut into three pieces|
The largest piece becomes the tail or back of the caterpillar. The two smaller pieces will be put together to add some curve to your caterpillar - arrange as seen in pictures. You might have to shave off pieces of the top of the cake so the cake sits flat, and you might have to shave off the ends of the pieces so they line up fairly close.
|Arrange pieces - our large piece broke - we fixed it with icing|
Once you have the cake pieces arranged use the thicker icing to help fill any gaps in between the pieces. Then you can use a pastry brush to lightly brush away some of the loose crumbs.
Now put on your layer of the thinned icing, be gentle, but don't worry too much about the crumbs and bumps. Allow the icing to dry.
|Covered with thinned icing|
Once the icing is dry apply a generous layer of the yellow icing.
|Cutting circles - roll up is sandwiched between two pieces of plastic wrap|
|Caterpillar cake complete!|
We used cow tails as the antennae, small powdered donuts for the eyes with brown M&Ms. And spread the green coconut around so our caterpillar was crawling across the grass. A great, fun and easy cake for a kids party!