Here is the finished product for Molly’s birthday cake…. given she eats more than the average adult, I thought that a Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake would be most appropriate!!
I started by mixing different colours to use as the border and then stamping out circles. I let these dry for a few days so that I wouldn’t lose the circle shape.
I didn’t have enough room to stick all of the food onto the cake…in hindsight, I probably should have made the food much smaller so that the cake didn’t look so bulky. Anyway – the food wasn’t too difficult to make…I just used a selection of circle cutters, or cut the food out freehand using a knife. I had a mini circle cutter which I used to make a small hole in each piece of food (to resemble the caterpillar eating his way through the food).
(don’t know why I decided to put the gerkin upside down!)
The caterpillar was made using marbled green icing (ie, mixing a few different shades of green to get a marbled look), and then I made flattened circle shapes and squished them together. I placed the caterpillar on some baking paper and left it to harden for a few days (making sure that I had placed a toothpick at both ends so I had something to ‘stick’ into the cake).
The cake had a top tier of dark chocolate mud (torted with Italian Meringue Buttercream) and the bottom tier was caramel mud cake torted with my special filling.