Mermaid Cake

Mermaid Cake

Fruit Roll-Ups® snack rolls take the cake for creating our must-try mermaid and delicious cake.

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box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 1/2
containers Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Betty Crocker® blue gel food color
tablespoon purple colored sugar
tablespoon Betty Crocker® blue candy sprinkles
fashion doll in swimsuit or sleeveless top (11 1/2 inches tall)
rolls Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® chewy fruit snack (from 5-oz box)
Granulated sugar
large orange, yellow and/or white gumdrops
assorted sea creature candies
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease or spray bottoms and sides of one 10-oz custard cup and two 8-inch round cake pans.
  2. Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour 2/3 cup batter into custard cup; divide remaining cake batter evenly between cake pans. Bake 23 to 28 minutes (26 to 33 minutes for dark or nonstick pans) or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove cakes from custard cup and pans; place rounded sides up on cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  3. Trim off rounded tops from 8-inch cakes. On serving plate, place 1 round cake layer, cut side down. Spread with 1/3 cup frosting. Top with second round cake layer, cut side down. Trim off rounded top of custard-cup cake to make flat surface. With small amount of frosting, attach custard-cup cake, flat side down, to top of layer cake, lining up rounded edge with layer cake edge. Using doll as a guide, cut and remove rounded piece from custard-cup cake to make seat for doll. (Discard cut-out piece.)
  4. Into small bowl, spoon 3/4 cup frosting. Tint with blue food color to make light blue; set aside. Frost sides and top of cake with remaining white frosting. To add waves, frost lower side of cake with blue frosting. Dip a fork in a few drops additional blue food color; swirl in blue frosting on cake to add wave effect. Sprinkle top of cake with colored sugars.
  5. Tie hair of fashion doll in ponytail. (Keep swimsuit or clothes on doll.) Wrap body of doll with plastic wrap, covering bustline and leaving arms free and shoulders uncovered. With 2 fruit snack rolls, wrap plastic-wrapped portion of doll, overlapping rolls and pressing to stick together. Wrap third snack roll around legs and extend 2 inches beyond feet; press together to form a fin shape, trimming if necessary. Place doll in seat on cake.
  6. To make starfish, on surface sprinkled with granulated sugar, flatten each gumdrop to make 1 1/2-inch round. Using scissors, cut 5 wedges from each gumdrop round to form a star. Pull gently to extend points of stars. Decorate cake and serving plate with starfish and sea creature candies. Store loosely covered.
Makes 12 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Place Fruit Roll-Ups® snack rolls in the refrigerator for a few minutes to help release from plastic wrapper, if necessary.
For a sand effect, sprinkle top of cake and around serving plate with turbinado sugar (raw sugar) instead of blue and purple colored sugars.
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Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only))
  • Calories 460
    • (Calories from Fat 180),
  • Total Fat 20g
    • (Saturated Fat 4 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 3 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 55mg;
  • Sodium 390mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 68g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 47g),
  • Protein 2g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 4 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 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 4 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.