I get asked a lot of questions about cakes. One of the most common questions I get is, “What can you do with a 9×13 cake?  I don’t want to bake a layer cake.”


I happen to really, really like layer cakes.  Might even have a small obsession with them.

But every now and then it’s nice to just make a cake like mom made.

Well, minus the creepy millipedes.

You know what I mean.



After icing the cake with white frosting, I just added some black food coloring to the remaining frosting.  I always use Americolor Gel Food Coloring when I need to achieve deep, rich color.


Since I am more familiar with the tiny millipedes in real life, I knew I wanted to add some to this cake.  They are what really got me… since those little rollie pollie ones look EXACTLY like the real thing.

Pretty much my skin has been crawling for a week now.

I baked a Chocolate Cake and covered it in Whipped Vanilla Buttercream.

I used a large open round tip to pipe out the body of the millipede, then went back in with a #3 tip and piped the mini millipede’s.


So there you have it.  The creepiest Millipede Cake of all time.

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. Wow I totally missed this post, maybe because I’ve been out of it since Monday morning..
    That thing is CREEPY! EEKK! Those are one of my least favorite bugs they totally freak me out and make me want to run for the hills. I don’t know that I could eat a cake with that on it. Couldn’t eat it right now anyways if I wanted to or not LOL.

  2. Definitely creepy! This is one bug that used to scare the daylights out of me when I was a kid. I still get goose bumps when I see one. Perfect for Halloween.

  3. are you going to post the “making of”? or how does it look inside? or something else??? Mmmmm looks soooooooo great!

  4. My girls said the cake was too creepy for them and that a boy would like it!!! It is for me too, but it is a perfect Halloween cake. I cannot believe you made all those little legs.

  5. If this wasn’t ON a cake (and your blog:)), I would think it was real! The teeny ones around the cake…I don’t know if I could eat them?!?! Maybe with my eyes closed:)

  6. LOL, this is about the only scary critter I dont have day to day access too. You really captured it!

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