Gum Ball Machine Cake

Gum Ball Machine Cake

Party cakes CAN be easy! No special decorating skills required. Candies and frosting create the fun.

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box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
1 1/4
cups bubble gum-flavored soda pop or water
cup vegetable oil
egg whites
Red or blue food color (to match color of soda pop), if desired
Tray or cardboard, covered with foil or wrapping paper and plastic food wrap
container (12 oz) Betty Crocker® Whipped vanilla frosting
teaspoon red or blue liquid or paste food color
bar (1.5 oz) chocolate-covered crispy candy
tube (0.68 oz) Betty Crocker® blue decorating gel
foil-covered chocolate coin
peanut-shaped candy
Gum balls
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottoms only of one 8-inch or 9-inch round pan and one 8-inch square pan.
  2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, soda pop, oil, egg whites and a few drops food color with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly between pans.
  3. Bake 26 to 34 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (times may vary between the two pans). Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around sides of pans to loosen cakes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Freeze cakes uncovered about 1 hour for easier frosting if desired.
  4. Place round cake near one end of tray for globe of gum ball machine; frost top and side with half of the frosting. Place square cake next to round cake for machine base. Stir 1 teaspoon food color into remaining frosting; frost sides and top of base with frosting. Wrap candy bar with foil. Place foil-wrapped candy bar near bottom of base. Use decorating gel to draw trap door on candy bar. Arrange chocolate coin and peanut candy above candy bar. Arrange gum balls on globe. Store loosely covered.
Makes 16 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
If you don't have the candy bar we used for the trap door, you can use decorating icing or gel to draw it on the cake.
Look for the bubble gum-flavored soda with the other soda pop.
Paste food color will produce more vividly colored frosting.
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.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 260
    • (Calories from Fat 90),
  • Total Fat 10g
    • (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 1 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 230mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 39g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 27g),
  • Protein 2g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.