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Butterfly Cakes, Flower Cakes & Smiley Cake

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Betty Crocker's Butterfly Cake


You'll wow your guests when you bring out this pretty party cake

The best part? Youll need only 20 minutes to put it together!

Total: 1 hr 53 min
Prep: 20 min
Bake: 33 min
Cool: 1 hr

Makes 12 servings

1 package Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® cake mix (any flavor)

Tray, cutting board or cardboard, covered, if desired
2 tubs Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white ready-to-spread frosting
Colored sugars
Betty Crocker® decorating gel
Assorted candies, such as jelly beans (cut in half), pastel mints, miniature jawbreakers, cherry rock candy
Betty Crocker® Fruit by the Foot® chewy fruit snack rolls, (any flavor)

1. Bake and cool cake as directed on package for two 8-inch or 9-inch round pans. Wrap and freeze 1 layer for future use.

2. Cut cake in half; cut a notch on each cut side, slightly below center, to form wings as shown in diagram. Freeze pieces uncovered about 1 hour for easier frosting if desired. To make butterfly, arrange 2 wings on tray; use 2 of the leftover notched pieces to form the body, trimming if necessary. Frost cake, attaching pieces with small amount of frosting.

3. Sprinkle with colored sugars. Outline wings and body with decorating gel. Decorate wings with assorted candies as desired. Roll fruit snack to make antennae. Store loosely covered.

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Easy Butterfly Cake



This butterfly cake with candy-coated wings is a sure way to attract friends at a summer garden party. Let the kids wash it down with nectar (fruit juice).

Materials

1 baked 8- or 9-inch round cake
2 cups chocolate frosting
1 cup yellow frosting
1 Twinkie
Jelly fruit slices
Assorted candies
Red string licorice

Step 1:

Cut the cake in half, then arrange and frost as shown.

Step 2:

Frost the Twinkie and place it between the wings for the butterfly's body. Decorate the wings with candies, adding licorice antennae.

Tips: Hit the candy store with the birthday boy or girl to find candies in his or her favorite colors. Buy candy by the quarter-pound so you don't get more than you need.

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Pillsbury® Butterfly Cake



Prep Time: 45 minutes (Ready in 2 hours 10 minutes)

CAKE

1 (18.25-oz.) pkg. Pillsbury® Moist Supreme Yellow Cake Mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs

FROSTING

1 (16-oz.) can Pillsbury® Creamy Supreme® Vanilla Frosting
Purple gel or paste food

DECORATIONS

1 (8-inch) piece black licorice twist
1 black jelly bean
2 (5-inch) pieces black string licorice
Purple decorator sugar
Black decorating icing, if desired

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour one 8 or 9-inch round cake pan;line 12 muffin cups with paper baking cups. In large bowl, combine all cake ingredients; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed.Fill paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full; pour remaining batter into greased and floured cake pan. Place cake pan in oven first, then custard cup.

2. Bake at 350 degrees F. Bake cupcakes for 20 to 30 minutes; bake cake in pan for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.Cool cake and cupcakes in pan for 15 minutes. Remove cake and cupcakes from pans; place on wire rack. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled.

3. Cut cake in half crosswise; cut each half into 1/3 and 2/3 pieces as shown in diagram. Place cake pieces on platter or foil-covered cardboard to form butterfly.

4. Add purple food color to frosting; blend well. Frost cupcakes and cake pieces.Cut black licorice twist in half and place, side by side, between cake pieces forbody. Place black jelly bean above licorice for head. Bend string licorice to form antennae; insert into cake near jelly bean. Decorate "wings" and cupcakes with decorator sugar and decoratoring icing..

12 servings

HIGH ALTITUDE (ABOVE 3500 FEET): Add 1/3 cup flour to dry cake mix; increase water to 1 1/4 cups. Bake as directed above.

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Flower Power Cake



Prep Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

(Ready in 3 hours, 35 minutes)

Makes 12 Servings

Ingredients

CAKE

1 (18.25-oz.) pkg. Pillsbury® Moist Supreme® Yellow Cake Mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs

FROSTING

2 (16-oz.) can Pillsbury® Creamy Supreme® Vanilla Frosting
Pink and purple paste or gel icing colors (not liquid food color)

EQUIPMENT AND DECORATIONS

Pink decorator sugar
Assorted colored candy-coated chocolate pieces
Purple decorator sugar
Multicolored fruit-flavored decors
Toothpicks

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour one 8-inch round cake pan and one 9-- inch round cake pan. In large bowl, combine all cake ingredients; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at high speed. Pour 2 cups batter into greased and floured 8-inch pan and remaining batter into 9--inch pan.

2. Bake at 350°F. until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Bake 8--inch cake 30 to 40 minutes; bake 9--inch cake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes. Invert cakes onto wire racks; cool 1 hour or until completely cooled.

3. In small microwave--safe bowl, tint 1 cup of the frosting with pink icing color to make desired shade of pink; blend well. Microwave frosting on HIGH for 30 to 40 seconds or until frosting is thin. DO NOT BOIL. Place 8--inch cake on sheet of waxed paper. Frost lightly to seal crumbs; let dry. Frost again and immediately sprinkle with pink sugar. (If necessary, microwave frosting again to thin.)

4. With pancake turner, transfer cake platter or foil-covered cardboard. Arrange candy--coated chocolate pieces around edge of cake as shown in photo.

5. Cut 9--inch cake into 8 wedges. Cut 1 inch off pointed end of each wedge; reserve points for another use. In small microwave-safe bowl, tint remaining frosting with purple icing color; blend well. Microwave frosting on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds or until frosting is thin. Place each wedge on waxed paper. Frost each wedge lightly to seal crumbs; let dry. Frost each wedge again and immediately sprinkle each with purple sugar. (If necessary, microwave frosting again to thin.) Decorate wedges with decors as shown in photo.

6. Arrange wedges evenly around frosted 8--inch cake; secure wedges with toothpicks. Remove toothpicks before serving.

HIGH ALTITUDE (ABOVE 3500 FEET): Add 1/3 cup flour to dry cake mix; increase water to 1 1/4 cups. Bake as directed above.

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Smiley Face Cake



Frost this retro cake bright yellow, add a licorice smile, and your party guests will be feeling groovy.

2 baked 8- or 9-inch round cakes
5 to 6 cups yellow frosting
Black shoestring licorice
2 mint patties
Layer and frost the cakes.
Make the sunglasses out of two mint patties and licorice, then add a big licorice smile. TESTER'S TIP: For vibrant colored icing, use paste food colors, which are available at party-supply stores. Keep in mind that a little paste gives a lot of color.



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Flower Power Cake

So totally groovy, and easy too!

What you will need:

Three package mixes try combining two or three different flavors for a marbled effect.
Three 16 oz. Containers of vanilla ready-made frosting
One "board" for displaying the cake foamcore, corrugated, or an 18" round cake board.
Lime green and neon yellow paste food coloring
One tube of black writing gel
16" round cake pan.
Prepare the mix according to the manufacturer's directions. Pour all three mixes into a well-greased pan. If you are using more than one flavor let them bleed together for a unique effect.



Bake the cake according to directions on the package, but add an additional 5-10 minutes to the suggested time to bake. Because you are baking 3 mixes at one time, you will need to bake the cake for longer than the directions indicate.

Check your cake using a toothpick inserted into the center, every 5-7 minutes after the initial required baking time, and add more time as needed. All ovens bake differently, so add extra baking time in small increments.

Allow cake to cool.

Place cake on wire rack in freezer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Remove from the freezer, place on the cake board, and cut six "flower notches" (see diagram) around the outside edge.

Using a bowl that is 7-8" in diameter, make an imprint with the top edge into the center of the cake.

Using about ¾ of one 16 oz. Container of frosting tinted neon yellow, frost the inside of the circle. Then frost the remainder of the cake in the lime green frosting.

Use black writing gel to outline the center circle, draw a peace sign inside it, and to outline the outside edge of the flower. The message to the birthday boy/girl can either be written on top of the cake, or around the edge of the cake board for an interesting effect.

If you are entertaining a very small crowd, this cake can be modified, and baked as an 8" or 12" round cake. This cake is sure to bring a funky smile!

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