I saw this idea somewhere out there in crafty blogland recently for a Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcake-Cake and that's what started this whole theme in motion. I apologize that I can't remember which blog first introduced me to the idea. I went googling for it and discovered Coco Cake Cupcakes Blog. I'm not sure if Lyndsey was the first to make Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes, but she does beautiful work and you can see a photo gallery of Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired cupcakes that other people have made inspired off her original design...as well as look at her other amazing cakes. (And if you don't want to make your own and you live near Vancouver, she's the one to go to.) Now I guess we can add mine to the list. If someone else out there reading my blog has done this in the last month or so and thinks I saw it on your blog, please tell me so I can link and give propper credit.
I started out taking a bunch of pictures, but as the night wore on, my hands were getting messy, and we needed to get to bed, I didn't take as many pictures toward the end, but I'll try to explain it as best I can.
I used a pineapple cake recipe (It's even fat-free) for the cupcakes and 7-Minute Frosting for the topping. (Now I will give the disclaimer here that while I love this cake and I love this frosting, I'm not sure I'd use the combination of them again. The cake stands alone better on it's own or with an even lighter topping,) I'll compare the advantages and disadvantages of 7-Minute Frosting versus traditional Buttercream frosting in a different post, because there are some definite advantages and disadvantages to each. Very quickly though is that 7-Minute Frosting is healthier and we like it better. The main disadvantage is that it seems to take a LOT more food coloring to get bold colors.
I took a basic cake decorating class several years...well almost 10 years now...ago and use some of what I learned and ignore a lot of it. Here's what I did...
I started out by baking the cupcakes as well as one mini-cake in a slightly bigger dish for the head.
Then I got the piping bag ready. I also added some extra lines of foodcoloring in the bag with a toothpick, so that there would be some extra strong swirls of color as it came out.