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Elephant Cake

This cake is so versatile—think jungle-themed birthday, baby shower or circus party. It’s super cute and easy to make thanks to our cake-cutting template.

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  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 35 min
  • Servings 16

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
Tray or cardboard (18x14 inches), covered with paper and plastic food wrap or foil
2
containers Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy or Whipped vanilla frosting
Food color
2
small round chocolate-covered creamy mints
4
large black gumdrops

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottoms and sides of 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with shortening or cooking spray.
  • 2 Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 8-inch rounds. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For easier handling, refrigerate or freeze cakes 30 minutes to 1 hour or until firm.
  • 3 Use diagram as a guide to shape the elephant. Cut 1-inch slice from edge of cake about 2 inches into cake. Cut small inverted U-shape piece for trunk. Place body on tray. From remaining cake, shape trunk from U-shape head piece and tail from the trimmed sections. Arrange trunk and tail pieces next to body. Repeat with remaining cake, turning diagram over to allow elephants to face each other.
  • 4 Spoon frosting into large bowl. Stir in enough food color until desired color. Spread thin layer of frosting over cake pieces to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting.
  • 5 Frost entire cake with remaining frosting. Add mints for eyes. Press 2 of the gumdrops together; on sugared surface, roll gumdrops with rolling pin to form large thin sheet. Repeat with 2 more gumdrops. Trim each gumdrop sheet as in diagram to look like ears. Press ears into frosting on elephant to attach. Cut toe shapes from scraps of gumdrop sheet. Place on bottom of elephant legs.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

Change the colors of the frosting to match the theme of the party.

Refrigerating or freezing the cake makes it sturdier to frost, thus easier to do!

Hosting a smaller party? Just make one elephant cake. Wrap and freeze the second cake for up to 2 months.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
550
(
Calories from Fat
200),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
23%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
4 1/2g
4 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
45mg
45%;
Sodium
430mg
430%;
Total Carbohydrate
84g
84%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 5 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
5 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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