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Hungry Caterpillar Cake Pops

This past Fall we threw a rockin’ party!!  Birthday party.  Kid’s birthday party.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar kid’s birthday party.  Oh yes, it was rockin’ … Eric Carle style!  It was one of the best parties I have ever hosted – or attended!  And while my opinion is horribly biased (duh), I’m sure that any fellow foodie out there can at least appreciate the theme – and decorations!!  My mini birthday-girl foodie was in hog caterpillar-heaven!

Hungry Caterpillar Decor

The artist in me (the teeny, tiny wanna-be artist) went a little crazy with the décor.  I spent weeks making GIANT cardboard cut-outs of all of the foods featured in the book.  Yep, all 15 of them!  I took great care to shape, shade, & design them as closely as possible to the images in the book.  I then took & hung them in book-order around our hallway & living room.

What would be the point of all that food without the star of the party to eat it all?!  I made giant tissue paper pom-poms & hung them from our kitchen ceiling to look like a GIANT Hungry Caterpillar.  He was so cool!

I also hand-made all the favors: Butterfly face-masks for the girls, Caterpillar face masks for the boys, and Hungry Caterpillar finger puppets & leaves for everyone!  We included a game where the kids hunted in the backyard for rubber insects – and sent everyone home with a small container of “Caterpillar Food” (M&Ms).  The snacks, of course, were all book-themed: Apples, Pears, Plumbs, Strawberries, Oranges, Cheese, Pickles, Sausages, Salami, & Watermelon.  Not wanting to leave attendants hanging, we needed a butterfly to end it all … and so we had a rainbow butterfly cake that took … well, the cake!  The kids had a blast … and the adults surely didn’t have a terrible time, either!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Decorations

I’m sure that all of you fellow Mamas (& Dadas) can sympathize with the sadness that set in a week later when I (finally) took down all of the decorations that I had spent hours & hours & hours meticulously making, and had to stop scouring Pinterest & Google for Hungry Caterpillar themed items.  You can also probably empathize with my immense excitement when I discovered that Bea’s school was going to celebrate a special The Very Hungry Caterpillar day … and wanted to use my decorations to decorate the hallway & classroom!!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake Pop

Since I’m so much more than just a stay-at-home party planner (well, at least 3x a year), I also volunteered to make Hungry Caterpillar Cake Pops!  They turned out amazingly awesome & I just had to share them with you all!  I cheated a little & didn’t actually make the “cake” part … I used donut holes!! Because I’m just smart like that.  Honestly, they were so easy to make & even more fun to hand out to the wide-eyed kids!  I mean, seriously?! Whoever thought to put a hunk of chocolate covered cake on a stick should get an award!!  A big, edible award … and a gym membership.

Check out my Hungry Caterpillar Pinterest Board to see everything that inspired me!  I found some great ideas & made use of so much more than I’m telling here (a girl has to have a few secrets … although I guess they’re not true secrets if they’re on Pinterest!).  I hope it won’t leave you “still hungry”.

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Cake Pops

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours

Yield: 40 Cake Pops

Serving Size: 1 Cake Pop

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Cake Pops

Celebrate the wonderful world of Eric Carle with these easy & adorable "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Cake Pops! They're a great alternative to cake or cupcakes for a birthday party or a fun & easy treat for school!

Ingredients

  • 40 small Donut Holes
  • 40 8" Cookie Sticks
  • 40 thin Pretzel Sticks, broken in half
  • 1 bag of Red Melting Chocolate Discs (i.e. Wilton Candy Melts)
  • 40 Yellow Mini marshmallows, each cut in half to form 80 circles
  • 2 tbsp. Green Icing
  • 2 tbsp. Dark Purple Icing
  • 2 small Sandwich Bags (or icing piping bags)
  • Floral Foam or cardboard box (i.e. cereal box) with 40 holes punched - to allow the finished product to stand up in

Instructions

  1. Melt 1/4 bag of melting chocolate per instructions. Working one at a time, use a cookie stick to puncture a hole 3/4th way through a donut hole, dip the tip of the cookie stick in melted chocolate & then reinsert into the hole of the donut. Lay on a cookie sheet or pan. Repeat with all 40 cookie sticks & donut holes.
  2. Refrigerate prepared donut holes on sticks for 1 hr or until chocolate is firm.
  3. Melt remaining chocolate per instructions. Working one at a time, dip donut hole into melted chocolate, rotating to coat evenly. Gently tap the stick against the edge of your bowl to remove any excess chocolate. Working quickly, affix 2 marshmallow discs to the front of your chocolate covered donut hole (to look like eyes). Gently press 2 pretzel halves into the top of your donut hole to look like antae. Push stick into floral foam or prepared cardboard box so the cake pop can stand upright & harden.
  4. Repeat with remaining donut holes on sticks, marshmallow discs, & pretzel sticks until all 40 cake pops are prepped.
  5. Place icing into bottom corner of each sandwich bag (green in one bag, purple in another bag) & twist the empty tops to form a tight seal around the icing. Snip off a tiny bit of the corner edge of each bag where the icing is nestled (start VERY small & test a bit of the icing - you can always cut off more).
  6. Carefully pipe a small line of green icing in the center of each marshmallow eye, to make the pupil.
  7. Pipe a medium sized dot of purple icing below the eyes of each cake pop, to form a nose.
  8. Allow your cake pops to harden in the refrigerator for at least 1 hr, or overnight.
  9. Serve as desired!

Notes

Don't want to make caterpillars? Use the same method of affixing & coating each donut hole & then decorate them however you'd like!

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{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Bethany July 3, 2014, 2:55 pm

    Looks so fantastic! I did the same theme when my boy turned one. you can definably go crazy with kids parties but I love it!

    • Alecia Stanley July 30, 2014, 2:10 pm

      @Bethany – Thanks!!! I love party-planning, so while I don’t think it’s wise to shell out hundreds of dollars (or thousands?!) for a kid’s birthday party, it is fun to put some personal touches & energy into any event! :)

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