The baking post I promised so many posts ago. Lol.
Crappy cellphone pictures FTW. Although not really. I was highly upset at the fact that my camera decided to not work when I was ready to take pictures. Stupid sensitive device. Anyway, up above is a Caterpillar Cake I made for my Mom's recent birthday. It was not an easy cake to make by any means.
First this is a half white, half chocolate cake, that started off as two white cake mixes. Let's also add the fact that I only had enough eggs for one cake mix. Quick run to the store for more eggs? Check. Ended up buying decorations and another thing of icing because I just knew I was going to need it? Check.
Changing the white cake mix into chocolate? *sighs* Not easy. I had 24 or so chocolate hershey kisses left from a previous baking adventure. So, I took those, unwrapped them one by one, threw them into a microwave safe bowl, covered it with saran wrap, and microwaved until they were just about melted. Not going too far otherwise they would burn. I took them out, mixed them up, added some milk to it to make it more liquidy, and added it to the cake mix. But I wasn't done was it? Nope because that didn't make it look like chocolate, so I could only imagine it wasn't going to taste like it either. So, what else chocolate did I have on hand? Chocolate syrup. So, I added that to it too. A couple squirts later and I got a chocolate cake. My sister claims it tasted like german chocolate, but eh I dunno. It was just chocolate to me.
So, after all that, I baked it, and then cut the shapes out with a cookie cutter and a plain old cup. 4 cup shapes for the body and 1 cookie cutter shape for the head. Times two of course because it was half white and half chocolate. I froze them for about 10 minutes and then proceeded to carve them. I mixed up the white icing with green coloring and refrigerated that so it would harden a bit, because for some reason my icing likes to run, no matter how cold it is in my apartment or not. Then I stacked the pieces with icing in between and did a very annoying crumb coat. Mostly because it literally was crumbling. *sighs* And I almost ran out of icing. Back in the freezer for 20-30 minutes and then the final coat. Colored some leftover icing orange for the spots/eyebrows and such. Added spiced dots for the feet, eyes, nose, and atennas. I didn't have a board big enough for the cake, so I foil covered a cookie sheet and placed it on there. I wrote happy birthday in plain old white and there you have it!
She was happy. I was happy. It was done thank god. It was different from the inspiration picture, but I like mine better. :D I sent off the cake, as well as the leftover cake pieces, because I know my self all too well :D. All in all it wasn't bad, but next time? Hopefully I'll be more prepared with a better way of doing it.