My daughter turned two on the weekend. I can’t believe it’s already been two years since the first time I ever saw her gorgeous little face – the time really flies. Everyone always says it does, but until you experience it yourself you don’t realise just how quickly it goes by. Blink of an eye, people, blink of an eye.

Anyway, I do a little bit of very amateur cake decorating and I decided last week I wanted to do a cake with The Very Hungry Caterpillar theme for my daughter’s birthday. We have four versions of the book in our house – the large hardcover, the small board book, the small finger puppet board book, and a giant puzzle. It’s a gorgeous book – colourful and cute, and it’s read numerous times during the week (with lots of tiny toddler fingers poking through the holes in each page as we go).

More photos after the jump!

One thing about deciding to do a themed cake means ample googling and pinteresting (not a word? IT IS NOW) to find one to copy, which inevitably brings up the most stupendously outlandish, impressive, totally unachievable themed birthday cakes. Tiers upon tiers of colour and glitter and perfectly smooth icing and beautifully moulded characters and fireworks and confetti and people clapping and cheering and everything lighting up and whizzing around.

Okay, those last few things don’t really happen (unless you’re watching Cake Boss), but all the other stuff? Totally true. Really.

So on Saturday night I iced my little orange and poppyseed cake and did the best I could. Here’s the result:

I used buttercream because it’s nicer to eat than fondant, but that meant that it had a yellowish tint. I think white fondant would have looked better and made the colours pop more, but for a birthday cake at home with family it was fine. I was really happy with how the caterpillar turned out, since I am not artistic AT ALL. I’m glad I used varying shades of green fondant smooshed together to give the different shades that you see in the book on the caterpillar’s body.I’m also glad I added the dots around the bottom of the cake, I think it added a nice little detail, though I wish I’d been able to match the colours a bit more closely to the book, and I also couldn’t find orange colouring in time, so that was missing.

I was quite pleased with it, however, and so was my daughter, who said her new catchphrase “wooooooow!” when she saw it. Adorable.

Until next time,

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6 comments on “Two

  1. Merrin Smith

    Hi Julia
    You did a great job on the cake. It looks very like the cover of the book as far as I can remember. I recently gave my women’s weekly birthday cake book to a young mum at work who was thrilled with it.

    1. JuliaJulia Post author

      Thanks Merrin! I love those Women’s Weekly birthday cake books – they have re-released a lot of them in recent years, I notice.

  2. Kiki Chaos

    Your daughter’s reaction is perfect – woooow!!
    What a stunning cake. It looks exactly like the illustrations. I thought you’d posted one of the inspo photos at first. Well done 🙂

    1. JuliaJulia Post author

      Thanks Kiki! I’m super happy with how it turned out, it ended up very close to the picture I used to copy, which was great.


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