Do you have a favorite recipe, one you come back to time and time again? This is my come-back-to recipe. Not only is it delicious, but it has that “wow” factor, which is definitely a bonus. I’m not gonna lie, this cake takes work, but it is totally worth it. Plus, you can make the cake ahead of time, so it’s not so labor-intensive in one sitting. What’s nice about this cake is it’s versatility. The first year I made it, it was for my son’s 3rd birthday, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar was the theme. It had fondant (which I did not make–I used the brand Satin Ice, which tastes wonderful!) covering the cake and I made cut-out fruit wrapping around it. (“On Monday he ate…”) Even though I made this cake two years ago, my son still talks about it. That’s how memorable this cake was.
The fondant caterpillar took longer than I thought it would to make. But I thought the little guy turned out pretty cute.
In March of last year, I made the same cake, but it was an ombre blue cake, for my sister’s baby shower. I didn’t use fondant, but used sprinkles to cover the top of the cake, so it didn’t appear so plain.
For my son’s 4th birthday, I made the same cake. (Matthew asked for a shark cake for his 4th birthday, which we then turned into a shark-themed party. My husband wanted to point out the hour it took him to make the watermelon shark. He’s quite proud of it.)