First thing is first: Welcome to our newly designed Teaspoon of Spice blog! Today is launch day and Deanna and I are so happy to have you at “our kitchen table.” We hope you pull up a chair to get comfy and spend a moment clicking around. Maybe you’ll find a recipe for a baked treat in our new Recipe Index to go with a cup of hot cocoa. If you have a bit more time, visit The Recipe ReDux section for links to hundreds of healthy & delicious recipes from us & fellow ReDux bloggers – or poke around the Our Kitchen Table tab to find a few more topics about which we can chat. In the end, we hope you visit with “two dietitians who love food as much as you do” often! And this leads us to the second star of this post – someone else who likes to eat (maybe even MORE than we do) – The Very Hungry Caterpillar, of course. And this is the story of his party and cake.
Actually, it was my son’s second birthday party. True confession: The Very Hungry Caterpillar was about the easiest homemade theme I could imagine. The popular children’s book by Eric Carle had brilliantly already set the menu, color scheme and cake idea for me! All I had to do was make a short shopping list and wash the dust out of my bundt pan. So for the kid (and adult) friendly dinner party I served foods mentioned in the book:
-Freshly sliced apples and other fruit
-Grilled (turkey) sausages on crusty bread
-Grated cheese for the sausages
-Sauerkraut (no it’s not in the book, but necessary for sausages in my own book)
-Marinated potato salad with artichokes and olives (also not in the book)
-Cake (and watermelon if you can find it)
The cake was simple. I mixed up my favorite yellow butter cake recipe and poured most of the batter into a bundt pan; the remainder (about 1 1/2 cups) I poured into a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup. To assemble the caterpillar, the bundt cake was cut into pieces and fitted together until it resembled the green and red guy on the front of the book. The small round Pyrex cake served as the head. The kids helped me whip up my standard buttercream and drop in lots of red food coloring to make frosting for the head. (Mix the red first so you can use the remaining frosting for the body.) You’ll need about 15-20 drops of green food coloring for the body. Use black licorice for the antennae and legs and Easter grass for the background. The eyes and mouth/nose were fruit roll-ups (which my kids know are ONLY for birthday cakes!) Lastly, enjoy the process, because in my history of blogging about birthday cakes, this was one of the easiest cakes to assemble!
What was the theme of one the most successfully birthday parties you planned?