Colin the Caterpillar is one of M&S’s best selling products, but how do other supermarket caterpillar cakes measure up? Colin the Caterpillar is one of M&S’s best selling products, but how do other supermarket caterpillar cakes measure up?
Colin the Caterpillar is one of M&S’s best selling products, but how do other supermarket caterpillar cakes measure up? | M&S/PA - Inset, Co-op, Morrisons, Waitrose

Here are all the supermarket caterpillar cakes you can buy (including Colin and Cuthbert) from Aldi to M&S

M&S’s Colin the caterpillar cake may have been the original, but each UK supermarket has their own version now - including Aldi’s Cuthbert.

A staple of children’s birthday parties, Marks & Spencer first launched Colin the Caterpillar back in 1990.

In the 30 years since Colin first hit the shelves, the celebration cake has become somewhat of a British icon. M&S now stock a whole range of Colin the Caterpillar products, from mini swiss rolls and fruit sweeties to shopping bags and a Colin the caterpillar shaped backpack.

But none of the additional products, not even Connie the Caterpillar, have had the same level of impact as the original Colin the Caterpillar cake.

The simple chocolate sponge roll cake, with its chocolate buttercream filling, hard chocolate shell and edible decorations is - according to M&S - a guest at around 450,000 birthdays annually.

In addition, Colin has inspired countless supermarkets to create their own version with imitators including shops such as Asda, Waitrose and, perhaps most notably, Aldi.

In 2021 M&S launched legal action against Aldi in regards to the retailer’s Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake, which they claimed was too similar to the original Colin. It sparked a frenzy of online activity with Aldi taking to social media to declare “#FreeCuthbert”.

And while the brands have now called a truce on the matter - only after Aldi agreed to alter the appearance of their cake - what other caterpillar cakes are out there?

From Wiggles and Charlie to Colin and Cuthbert, here are all of the caterpillar cakes on sale in UK supermarkets.