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Caterpillar Cake Recipe

Caterpillar Cake

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"This is a great cake to do after a unit on bugs, wildlife, etc. Have the kids help decorate it! Use licorice whips for antennas, or gumdrops. Spread icing around caterpillar and sprinkle green tinted coconut for grass. Use any flavor cake mix or any Bundt cake recipe."

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Original recipe makes 1 Bundt pan Change Servings


  1. Prepare cake according to package instructions and bake in a Bundt pan. Cool and invert onto cutting board.
  2. Cut a piece of cardboard large enough to accommodate two Bundt pans. Cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Carefully cut the cake in half and place on cardboard in an "S" shape.
  4. Decorate with colored icing, candies, etc.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 20, 2003

What a hit at my son's school on his birthday! For a person like me who isn't very artistic this cake was a breeze and delicious!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 14, 2011

This looks like something that was crawling on my face last night.......i ate it


26 Ratings

Jul 05, 2008

This was so great!! What are the chances I'd actually find a caterpillar cake when I looked for one. I used a bundt pan that had angular peaks in it (because that's all I had!) but it came out well!! I modeled mine after Eric Carle's "Very Hungry Caterpillar" and used it for my baby's 1st birthday.

Feb 01, 2005

I used a different cake recipe, but I used the decorating idea for my boyfriend's birthday cake. (He's a kid at heart!) I actually based my caterpillar on the Eric Carle "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and it was a big hit! I used spiral candles for antennae. Also, I used mini-Oreos coated in red icing as ladybugs. Very fun!

Jun 25, 2009

I didn't use the cake, or the frosting posted here (I made it all from scratch), but my 5 stars is for the great idea of using a bundt pan! wow! i have been making caterpillar cake for years now, for each of my children's 1st bdays, but i use a martha stewart baby idea, which requires a lot more work & using fondant- so it takes foreverrrr! this is great, easy & cute! i didn't make mine look so realistic like yours b/c that looks too much like a caterpillar & makes me want to gag :D i used candy covered gum drops for the legs & necco wafers for dots on top. so cute. thanks for the great idea!

Mar 09, 2008

This was a little more work than I had bargained for, but it turned out so cute, I can't complain. I made a smaller version of this cake for my son's first birthday and everyone just loved it...the birthday boy in particular. I placed it on large buttercream fondant leaves I'd made from a recipe on this site. I omitted the coconut (don't know if he's allergic yet) and decorated with Fruity Cheerios for spots and mini-marshmallows for eyes. I put extra frosting along the back and spiked it to make 'fur'. If you're no wuss when it comes to putting a little work into your baked goods, this is a fun little cake to tackle.

Apr 09, 2009

Easy and fun to make! Big hit!

Mar 09, 2006

Absolutely adorable! Beautiful presentation! I received many compliments. Allow yourself extra time to ice and decorate the cake. I served this at a spring brunch! Everyone loved it and it was so yummy! My guests were afraid to cut the first piece though because they were afraid of ruining it!


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  • Calories
  • 373 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 60.7 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 13.7 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 355 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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