1.Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced.
2.Line standard 12-hole (⅓ -cup/80ml) standard muffin pan, with 5 standard paper cases (1 yellow, 1 green, 1 orange, 1 blue, 1 red).
3.Line 2 x 12-hole (1-tablespoon/20ml) mini muffin pans with 15 mini muffin paper cases (1 yellow, 2 green, 3 orange, 4 blue, 5 red).
4.Make cake according to directions on packet. Drop 2½ level tablespoons of the mixture into each standard paper case; bake about 20 minutes. Drop 2 level teaspoons of the mixture into each mini paper case; bake about 15 minutes.
5.Stand cakes in pans 5 minutes; turn, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.
6.To make butter cream, beat butter until white as possible, gradually beat in half the sifted icing sugar then milk, then remaining icing sugar. Beat until smooth.
7.Divide butter cream evenly into five small bowls; tint each bowl with one of the suggested colours: yellow, green, orange, blue and red.
8.Using picture as a guide, spread the cakes with the different coloured butter creams, matching butter creams to paper cases.
9.Use different coloured decorating gels to write the numbers on the large cakes. Position the large cakes on 30cm x 45cm prepared cake board; secure with a little butter cream.
10.Using picture as a guide, decorate the small cakes then position them on the board next to the appropriate large cake; secure with a little butter cream.
11.To make spider, use blue rainbow choc-chips for eyes, red bootlace for the mouth, and 2cm strips of licorice strap for each of the the 8 legs.
12.To make snails, coil each licorice strap onto cakes to make snails’ shells. Cut the sour worms in half; secure to cakes with a little butter cream to make snails’ bodies. Using a little butter cream, secure the yellow choc-chips to top of the snails’ bodies for eyes.
13.To make butterflies, use strips of musk stick to make bodies and antennae of the butterflies; position on cakes. Cut the jubes in half; dip the cut sides in hundreds and thousands, position for wings.
14.To make caterpillar, cut the sour worms in half; position three halves along top of each cake to make the caterpillar’s segments. Use a yellow mini M&M for the eye, a bootlace for the mouth, and two small strips of licorice strap for the antennae.
15.To make ladybirds; position place licorice strap on cakes for body. Use yellow mini M&M’s for spots and brown mini M&M’s for ladybirds’ heads.
You’ll have about 1½ cups of the cake mixture left over to make more cakes for your party.Note