Sailboat Cake

Sailboat Cake

Set sail on a journey to a delicious dessert. Cut and frost an ordinary 13x9-inch cake into a dessert fit for a captain.

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box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
containers Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Yellow or brown food color
Tray or cardboard (20x18 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
pull-and-peel cherry licorice twists (from 14-oz package)
roll Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® chewy fruit snack (from 5-oz box)
Ring-shaped hard candies and assorted candies for decorating
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan or spray with baking spray with flour. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Refrigerate or freeze cake about 1 hour or until firm.
  2. Cut cake as shown in diagram. Arrange pieces to form sailboat on tray. Tint 1 1/3 cups frosting with yellow or brown food color for hull. Spread a thin layer of white frosting over top and sides of sails, and a thin layer of tinted frosting over top and sides of hull, to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting.
  3. Frost entire cake with remaining frosting. Cut licorice pieces to desired length for the mast; place near the edge of the longest sail. To create the top flag, spread a thin layer of frosting on a small piece of aluminum foil. Unroll and remove wrapper from fruit snack roll; press onto frosting-coated foil. Using kitchen scissors, cut into flag shape. Secure flag to mast with a small amount of frosting. Use candy for portholes, or decorate as desired. Store loosely covered.
Makes 14 servings
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Purchase nautical theme wrapping paper to cover a large tray or piece of sturdy cardboard. Then cover the entire tray in plastic food storage wrap, securing it to cardboard back with tape. This makes an attractive display for your sailboat cake.
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Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only))
  • Calories 460
    • (Calories from Fat 170),
  • Total Fat 19g
    • (Saturated Fat 4g,
    • Trans Fat 4g),
  • Cholesterol 45mg;
  • Sodium 370mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 69g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 49g),
  • Protein 2g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 3 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 4 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.