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Caterpillar Cupcakes

Looking for a fun, creative cake but don’t have the money to order one from the local bakery? Consider making your own. Here are some quick tips on how to make a caterpillar cake!

This cupcake formation would be great for a bug-themed party or a party based on the book: Very Hungry Caterpillar. As you tackle this, remember that caterpillars are not perfect so if things don’t turn out perfect, your child will still love it!

Here are the things you’ll need:

  • Cake mix

  • Frosting

  • Food Coloring (Blue and yellow)

  • Pull and Peel Twizzlers

  • Lifesaver gummies

  • Toothpicks (optional)

  • Coconut (optional)


  1. Make your cupcakes according to the cake mix box. Only fill the cupcake tins half-way so they have flat tops after baking. Mix several drops of food coloring in the frosting until you have green frosting.

  2. Place your finished cupcakes upside down on a cookie tray in an “s” shape and spread the frosting on the sides and bottoms. (If you want a “hairier” caterpillar, dye shredded coconut green and sprinkle it onto the caterpillar.)

  3. Place a lifesaver on each cupcake for decor. If it’s a birthday, you can stick a candle through the middle of the lifesaver. On either of the ends, use two lifesavers as eyes.

  4. Cut two - 1.5 inch sections of twizzler. Stick these behind the eyes as antennae. Peel the Twizzler’s into strands and cut as many 2 inch legs as you’ll need. Push these into the sides of the caterpillar’s body.

  5. If the lifesavers or Twizzlers won’t stay in place, use toothpicks as anchors. Stick one of the toothpick points into the candy and the rest of the toothpick into the cake.

Extra Tips:

  • If your cupcakes are crumbly as you take them out of the cupcake pan, stick the pan into the freezer for 10-15 minutes. The cupcakes will be easier to take out.

  • If your cupcakes are still crumbly as you frost them, put a light messy layer of frosting on it. Then freeze those cupcakes for another 10-15 minutes. After you take them out, put another layer of frosting on it.

  • If you are having a hard time spreading your frosting, get a glass of warm water and dip your spatula or knife in it. It should help your frosting spread.

Enjoy baking!

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