Charlie Turns Two With The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake

My son, Charlie, turned 2 years old!  When he turned 1 year old I had a really tough time designing his cake.  He had no interests and I couldn’t decide on a theme.  At the last minute I threw something together and was not too pleased with the results.  I’m even slightly embarrassed to remind you as to what that cake looked like, but since you may be curious…you can find it here.  Even though I wasn’t thrilled with Charlie’s cake, he still turned one and my family had fun celebrating with us.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake CollageThis year I had an amazing idea!  Charlie loves Eric Carle’s classic book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.  It’s also one of my favorite books so maybe I was really making this cake for myself.  Either way, it’s such a cute book with such recognizable images.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake Views

If you know the book, you will notice how true to the book I kept the design.  The top tier has the fruit the caterpillar eats on Monday through Friday: one apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries, and five oranges.  The bottom tier has all the food that the caterpillar eats on Sunday.  My favorite part of the cake is the nice green leaf that the caterpillar eats on Sunday.

Happy 2nd Birthday!

Charlie loved his cake!  Happy 2nd Birthday!

18 thoughts on “Charlie Turns Two With The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  1. This is spectacular. Great concept, beautiful execution. I especially love the green leaf with the “2” and “Charlie” and the holes.

  2. I really love this cake and how you designed it so simply and yet so stunning. How do you get the little fondant balls round the cake to look so glossy?

    1. Thank you! The border is made from gumballs, that’s why they are so shiny! I love the idea of using gum balls because making all those balls out of colored fondant is so tedious. The gumballs are also all the same size which is nice.

  3. This is gorgeous!! What font did you use for his name? I would like to make similar lettering for a first birthday cake. Thank you!!

    1. For the leaf I mixed up 2 different pieces of green fondant, one lighter and one darker. Then I kneaded them together slightly so they would have a marbleized look. I then cut out a leaf shape and used a small round cutter or the tip of a round piping tip to cut holes. I let it dry until firm, then attached it to a lollipop stick using royal icing. I hope that was clear! Good luck!

  4. Beautiful!!! What an inspiration for the cake I’m making for my almost 3 year old! How did you do the food items?

    1. Thanks! I cut the food out of fondant or gum paste and painted with gel food color that I thinned with vodka.

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