Intro: Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcake Cake
This cupcake cake was for my son's second birthday. We always pick a charity that matches the party theme, and so since we had an Eric Carle party, we collected books and donated them to a teen mom group. The center piece of the party was definately the Very Hungry Caterpillar cake. I tinted the icing green. I would ice a couple cupcakes and then add some red food coloring to tint the icing darker, ice a few more, and repeat. That way the cupcakes had the multiple shades of the caterpillar in the book. The head was, of course, red icing. The feet and nose were sculpted from bits of tootsie roll. The head was iced red and the eyes were flattened, shaped green and yellow taffy candies. The antenna were pink starburst, tinted with a little blue food coloring, wrapped around tooth picks. The cupcakes were arranged on the table, and then I added muti-colored sprinkles along the caterpillar's back to imitate the multi-colored hairs on the caterpilla in the book. The only thing that I would change, if I were to do it over again would be to add a sun. I would use the same technique that I used for the antenna. Ice the cupcake yellow, mold yellow Starburst around toothpicks for the rays and insert them into the cupcake. Oh well...live and learn. The Very Hungry Caterpillar cupcake cake was still a show stopper.