Guitar Cake

Guitar Cake

Cake mix, purchased frosting and candies create an easy-to-do music-lover's cake.

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box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
Tray or cardboard (19x11 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
to 1 1/2 containers Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Green and yellow food colors
small gumdrops
tube (0.68 oz) Betty Crocker® orange decorating gel
thin chocolate wafer cookie
tart and tangy round candies
stick gum
Pull-and-peel red licorice
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease or spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan.
  2. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Refrigerate or freeze cake about 1 hour or until firm.
  3. Using serrated knife, cut rounded top off cake to level surface; place cake cut side down. Cut 9x2-inch strip of cake as shown in diagram for guitar neck. Cut body of guitar from remaining cake. Place pieces on tray.
  4. Place 1/2 cup frosting in small bowl. Stir in 4 to 6 drops green food color. Into remaining vanilla frosting, stir 6 drops yellow food color. Attach guitar neck to body with small amount of frosting. Frost guitar neck with a thin layer of green frosting and frost top and sides of guitar body with a thin layer of yellow frosting to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting. Frost entire cake with same colors.
  5. Press 3 gumdrops on each side of neck for tuning pegs. On neck, draw crosswise lines with decorating gel, 1 inch apart, for frets. Place wafer cookie on center of body. Place tart and tangy candies around wafer cookie. Place stick of gum 1 inch under wafer cookie. Place licorice on neck for strings. Press remaining gumdrops into frosting below gum stick. Store loosely covered.
Makes 15 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Create an attractive display by covering a piece of sturdy cardboard with wrapping paper, then plastic food wrap. Stretch and secure with tape. Or cover cardboard with foil or cooking parchment paper.
Cutting and Assembling Cake
Cut cake to form guitar body. Cut 9x2-inch strip for guitar neck. Arrange guitar and neck piece on tray and decorate.
This cake can be frosted using 1 container of frosting. If you like a generous amount of frosting, you may want to have another container on hand.
Freezing the unfrosted cake pieces keeps crumbs in check so they won't get into the frosting.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only))
  • Calories 350
    • (Calories from Fat 130),
  • Total Fat 15g
    • (Saturated Fat 3g,
    • Trans Fat 2 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 40mg;
  • Sodium 290mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 52g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 36g),
  • Protein 1g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 3 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 3 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.