This is a great cake to do after a unit on bugs, wildlife, etc. Have the kids help decorate it! Use licorice whips for antennas, or gumdrops. Spread icing around caterpillar and sprinkle green tinted coconut for grass. Use any flavor cake mix or any Bundt cake recipe.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
1 Bundt pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Prepare cake according to package instructions and bake in a Bundt pan. Cool and invert onto cutting board.

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  • Cut a piece of cardboard large enough to accommodate two Bundt pans. Cover with aluminum foil.

  • Carefully cut the cake in half and place on cardboard in an "S" shape.

  • Decorate with colored icing, candies, etc.

Nutrition Facts

373 calories; protein 2.2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 60.7g 20% DV; fat 13.7g 21% DV; cholesterol 0.9mg; sodium 355.3mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2003
What a hit at my son's school on his birthday! For a person like me who isn't very artistic this cake was a breeze and delicious!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2011
This looks like something that was crawling on my face last night.......i ate it Read More
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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2003
What a hit at my son's school on his birthday! For a person like me who isn't very artistic this cake was a breeze and delicious!!! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2008
This was so great!! What are the chances I'd actually find a caterpillar cake when I looked for one. I used a bundt pan that had angular peaks in it (because that's all I had!) but it came out well!! I modeled mine after Eric Carle's "Very Hungry Caterpillar" and used it for my baby's 1st birthday. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2005
I used a different cake recipe but I used the decorating idea for my boyfriend's birthday cake. (He's a kid at heart!) I actually based my caterpillar on the Eric Carle "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and it was a big hit! I used spiral candles for antennae. Also I used mini-Oreos coated in red icing as ladybugs. Very fun! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2009
I didn't use the cake or the frosting posted here (I made it all from scratch) but my 5 stars is for the great idea of using a bundt pan! wow! i have been making caterpillar cake for years now for each of my children's 1st bdays but i use a martha stewart baby idea which requires a lot more work & using fondant- so it takes foreverrrr! this is great easy & cute! i didn't make mine look so realistic like yours b/c that looks too much like a caterpillar & makes me want to gag:D i used candy covered gum drops for the legs & necco wafers for dots on top. so cute. thanks for the great idea! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2008
This was a little more work than I had bargained for but it turned out so cute I can't complain. I made a smaller version of this cake for my son's first birthday and everyone just loved it...the birthday boy in particular. I placed it on large buttercream fondant leaves I'd made from a recipe on this site. I omitted the coconut (don't know if he's allergic yet) and decorated with Fruity Cheerios for spots and mini-marshmallows for eyes. I put extra frosting along the back and spiked it to make 'fur'. If you're no wuss when it comes to putting a little work into your baked goods this is a fun little cake to tackle. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2005
I trippled this recipie for a large gathering and it was amazing! The cake was inhaled! There was nothing left except some smears of icing and a few pieces of coconut! This was the easiest cake I've ever made and was a total smash hit at my gathering. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2009
Easy and fun to make! Big hit! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2006
Absolutely adorable! Beautiful presentation! I received many compliments. Allow yourself extra time to ice and decorate the cake. I served this at a spring brunch! Everyone loved it and it was so yummy! My guests were afraid to cut the first piece though because they were afraid of ruining it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2007
This was perfect for my two year old's birthday! I added a box of vanilla and a box of chocolate pudding and upped the eggs to 5. Beat in a mixer according to directions. I added swirl chocolate (and white chocolate) chips...a whole bag. I also went with the very hungry caterpillar theme. I put hershey kisses for the legs. So cute!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/14/2011
This looks like something that was crawling on my face last night.......i ate it Read More
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