As I mentioned yesterday, my daughter turned one earlier this month. I threw a party for her with the theme "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." I got tablecloths, plates, and cups with the design on them and then made food to go with it.
This is the cake I made. Please keep in mind that I am not a baker, and this is my first time doing any kind of character cake, in fact, only my third time doing any kind of frosted cake at all! I goofed up the green frosting for the cupcakes, and the fondant on the head kind of sunk into the crevasses on the cake, but other than that it turned out alright. I chose chocolate cake because that way it killed two birds with one stone: a cupcake and a piece of chocolate cake.
It was a really hot and humid day, about 94 degrees, so the frosting on the cupcakes was melting and maybe that's why the fondant did this?
As for food, I served (almost) all of the food the very hungry caterpillar ate. (I was not about to bake 3 cherry pies in addition to doing the cake!) I also drilled holes in all the food to make it look like a caterpillar ate through it.
I made fruit kebabs with apples, pears, plums, strawberries, and oranges. I served them with a honey ginger fruit dip. I was going to give you the recipe for that, but it didn't turn out perfectly, so I will tweak that recipe and post it later.
A closer pic of the fruit so you can see the holes.
The "sausages". I did cocktail weenies in a honey mustard sauce. The sauce didn't thicken up like my test batch did, so I will have to play with that one too and post it later.
| Swiss cheese, salami, and pickles. The "salami" was actually summer sausage because it worked better than real salami. I served this with crackers.|
Watermelon. I didn't drill holes in it because it was kind of crumbly.
My happy little birthday girl.