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Easy Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes

Very When I made our Apple Back to School Cupcakes last year my youngest said something that clicked and I’ve been meaning to make for ages. She said that you know what these would be great for – The Very Hungry Caterpillar, because on Monday he ate 1 apple. With gummy worms being one of my kids favourite treats they insisted that the worm looked enough like the caterpillar that I could create a set of Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes for them to share with friends. So here we go EASY to make Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes.

How to Make your own Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes

easy apple with caterpillar or worm cupcakes. Ideal for Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired parties or back to school

So to be honest we are only taking what the caterpillar in the story ate on Monday. But, they make a really easy and effective cake that you can easily make. Because as a parent, we don’t have a lot of time and simple, easy is always best.

Want to go straight to the recipe card with ingredients and instructions then click on the link below. Don’t forget though at the end below the recipe you will find other fun cupcakes that are easy to make. No Cake Decorating Experience Needed!

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Ingredients for your own Apple with Caterpillar Cupcakes

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Simple Cupcake Recipe to make 12 cakes

Buttercream Frosting – try our Vanilla Buttercream recipe that we used for our Princess Cupcakes

Red Food Colouring Paste

12 Gummy Worms

6 Tootsie Rolls – I have used Cadbury Chocolate Fingers before as well for the stems.

6 Green Fruit Slices Candy

ingredients for making these simply decorated cupcakes for kids

Tips for Making Your Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes

Step by step guide to making simple very hungry caterpillar cupcakes
  • If you want to make your apples more apple shaped then before you spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners place a ball of foil between the pan and then liner this will indent the cake whilst it cooks and you end up with a more “apple” looking shape than before.
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  • You can use a knife to cover the cupcakes – but if you know that it’s not a skill that you have use a piping bag and nozzle and cover the cupcakes that way. It will be easier for you and quicker as well.
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If you are throwing a Very Hungry Caterpillar Party then these easy to make cupcakes are a perfect treat for your guests. Simple, no cake decorating experience needed perfect for kids to enjoy.

Easy Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes

Cerys Parker
If you are throwing a Very Hungry Caterpillar Party then these easy to make cupcakes are a perfect treat for your guests. Simple, no cake decorating experience needed perfect for kids to enjoy.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Cake
Servings 12 Cake


  • 12 Cupcakes See the Notes Below for a Link to the Easy Cupcake Recipe We Use
  • Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
  • Red Food Colouring Paste
  • 12 Gummy Worms
  • 6 Toostie Rolls
  • 6 Green Fruit Slice Candies


  • Cook the Cupcakes according to the recipe - see our tips for how to make the cakes "apple" shaped whilst they cook.
  • Add your red food colouring to the buttercream with a tooth pick and get your desired red colour.
  • Frost the cupcakes.
  • Cut the Toostie Roll in half length ways.
  • Stick the cut toostie roll in the top for the stem.
  • Cut the fruit slice in half lengthways and add to the cupcake as a leaf.
  • Cut the gummy worm to the right size to lay on your cupcake but not too much.
  • Poke the gummy into the frosting.
  • Enjoy!


Click Here for the Simple Cupcake Recipe to Make 12 Cakes
Click Here for our Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe
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If you look at any of my cupcake or muffin recipes I mention about the pan I use. That’s because I’ve tried so many, cheap ones, more expensive and FINALLY have found one that I love. These Wilton Non-Stick pans are fantastic, they wash easily (great for when the kids overfill the liners) and even work well for my Yorkshire Puddings when I make small versions of them instead of the traditional large ones. I have more than 1 because I often bake in bulk and when it’s a party or I make cakes for the school cake sale 12 is never enough!

Red Apples need red cupcake liners and although if I make just for us as a family to use I normally would use our silicone set when it’s for a party or cake sale then I use disposable liners. I have a box with an assortment of colours and themes so you could have just the plain red cupcake liners or why not follow on with the Very Hungry Caterpillar theme and use some Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcake Liners (it includes some cake toppers too).

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I used to store my cupcakes in a tupperware box – but they would get crushed or moved frosting would go from one to another. It was a bit of a disaster really! But then I bought a Cupcake Carrying Case. It wasn’t a necessity but it did mean that now I could make the cupcakes ahead of time store them in an air tight container and then take them where they were needed easily. No more ruined cakes. This Cupcake Carrying Case contains 36 cakes – perfect for if you have a party or as a mum making cakes for the school bake sale. The trays lift out and there is plenty of space inbetween the layers as well.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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