Kids Cake Ideas: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake

Continuing our series of Kids Cake Ideas, Katherine, mum of 2, put together this delicious looking Hungry Caterpillar Cake. Make a novel Birthday Cake idea for your boy/girl.

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Makes approx 24 buns + 2 cakes


  • 200 g butter
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ready made ready to roll red icing
  • Ready made ready to roll green icing
  • Ready made ready to roll black icing
  • Ready made Betty Crocker vanilla cream mix
  • Green food colouring
  • Red food colouring


  1. Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
  2. Soften butter in microwave, then whisk the sugar in, then add some flour and some egg, mix the flour & egg alternately then stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Using larger muffin sized paper cases, put a good dessert spoon of mix into each. (Tip: use more expensive/better quality cases or a muffin type tin as the buns spread a bit when cooking and can lose their shape somewhat)
  4. Grease two smallish round cake tins (about 7/8inch) and divide the remaining mixture between them.
  5. Bake the mini cakes and larger cakes for about 20 mins. Take out and cool on a wire tray.
  6. Now the fun part… Add green colouring to 1/2 of the vanilla cream icing.  (Tip: take care when adding the green colour, if you add too much and your icing gets too wet, add some icing sugar to thicken it back)
  7. Pipe some of the green icing onto the cupcakes then put them into the fridge.
  8. Spread some of the vanilla icing onto one layer of the bigger cakes and placed the other on top.
  9. Roll out the ready made coloured icing.  (Tip: if you can’t get red ready made icing, you can add red colouring to ready made white icing but do this with gloves! and you’ll need plenty of red food colouring)
  10. Make some green leaves out of ready made dark green icing, and egg, legs, antenna… out of black icing and all into the fridge ideally overnight.
  11. In the morning take a huge piece of card and cover it with some green paper, place the red cake at one end, add eyes, mouth, antenna.
  12. Place the cupcakes in a curvy line behind that, add the legs and leaves and voila – The Hungry Caterpillar!

Related: Lots more Birthday cake ideas here

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