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Caterpillar Cake Recipe

Caterpillar Cake Recipe

This cute, colorful catepillar is easy to make with a boxed cake mix and prepared frosting. To save a step, tint the frosting and omit the coconut. —Lee Dean, Boaz, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • 2-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 2 small purple gumdrops
  • 1 small red gumdrop
  • 2 small orange gumdrops
  • 2 pretzel sticks
  • Yellow, red and green liquid food coloring


  • 1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Fill a greased 8-oz. custard cup three-fourths full. Pour remaining batter into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  • 2. Bake the custard cup at 350° for 20-25 minutes and the tube cake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing cakes to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. Cut large cake in half widthwise. To form caterpillar, place one half on a 15x10-in. covered board. Place the remaining portion next to the first to form an "S." With a serrated knife, level top and bottom of small cake; place on one end of caterpillar for head.
  • 4. Frost the small cake with vanilla frosting; gently press 1/4 cup coconut into frosting. Add purple gumdrops for eyes. For mouth, flatten red gumdrop between waxed paper with a rolling pin; place below eyes. For antennae, press orange gumdrops onto pretzels; insert into head.
  • 5. Place 3/4 cup coconut in each of three small resealable plastic bags. Tint one orange with yellow and red food coloring; tint one green and one yellow. Frost the caterpillar with remaining vanilla frosting. Press alternate colors of coconut into frosting. Yield: 8-10 servings.

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GirishKatta User ID: 7329112 245559
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"Nice cake for kids"

Britto Home User ID: 6985464 110591
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"Good cake for the kids :)"

DViola User ID: 6210665 129529
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013

"This was great and a fun cake for the kids."

Bhagya User ID: 6726718 79575
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2013 Edited Jun. 16, 2015

"Awesome recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)"

christycincy User ID: 6445428 35466
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"So cute and fun to assemble."

Nagaraju User ID: 6994709 42707
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013


mumsy69 User ID: 7060935 41152
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"I made this for my 4 year old twin granddaughters. It was a huge hit and they can't stop talking about it. To make it easier on myself, I used different flavored and different colored canned frostings for the sections instead of coconut. So cute!"

Nagaraju User ID: 6994709 35451
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"Looks good"

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