Today I’m going to show you how to make the gorgeous caterpillar cake topper that was featured on the cake at Zoe’s Very Hungry Caterpillar Party.
I will preface this tutorial by saying that with all the fondant I’m using I have mixed in some tylose powder (1/2 teaspoon to 250g of fondant) so that the caterpillar will dry hard. I also suggest making this as early in advance as possible (I made mine a week beforehand).
Begin with shaping some red coloured fondant (I buy the premixed red colour… the cake art brand), and then shape into a curved rectangle.
Roll out some yellow fondant and stamp out 2 circles (if you don’t have a circle cutter, you could try using a straw)
Using a modelling tool, make 2 holes on the head for the antennae
I did end up removing the antennae while I made the body of the caterpillar so that they could have some time to harden into shape. This is because when you set the head flat, it is easy for the antennae to bend out of shape.
To get the marbled effect for the caterpillar’s body, I used Americolor’s Leaf Green
Does that make sense?!! Basically… rather than trying to colour two of the balls, the best way is to get a really strong coloured ball and to make a mid coloured ball by using a small part of the strong green fondant into the white ball (rather than using food colouring again).
Place the balls on top of each other and start mixing them in together by twisting them around.
Dab each ball on either side with some water or edible glue and then stick them together and squish them up in shape.
Roll out a small ball for the nose and then stamp out two circles for the eyes (smaller circles than the yellow eyes). The alternative is to roll up two small balls for the eyes and to flatten them into shape.
Attach to the face.
Carefully insert 3 toothpicks as these will be used to attach the caterpillar to the cake. You can see that I was worried about one of the antennae bending out of shape, so I used a bit of baking paper to sit behind it so that it will harden in the right place.
Here is a close up of the topper on the cake
(Stay tuned for more tutorials on creating the food for the cake)