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Springer Spaniel Dog Cake

Sure, British food doesn’t get a lot of love but we promise this little English expat will win over even the pickiest palate! Print this handy cake template to make cutting out the pieces a snap.

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  • Prep Time 1 hr 45 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 0 min
  • Servings 20

Cake and Frosting

2
boxes Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix boxes
1
container Betty Crocker™ Hershey's™ milk chocolate frosting
2 1/2
containers Betty Crocker™ Hershey's™ cookies'n'creme frosting

Decorations

Heavy cardboard or cutting board covered with colored paper and waxed paper, or tray (21x14 inches)
3
small round chocolate-covered creamy mints
1
strawberry-flavor stretchy and tangy taffy candy
1
roll Betty Crocker™ Fruit by the Foot™ strawberry chewy fruit snack (from 4.5-oz box)
1
saf-t-pop sucker (sucker with looped handle), any flavor, unwrapped

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottoms only of 2 (13x9-inch) pans with cooking spray. Line bottom of pans with waxed paper or cooking parchment paper; spray paper with cooking spray.
  • 2 Make and bake cake mixes as directed on boxes for 13x9-inch pans, using water, oil and eggs. Cool 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans to cooling racks. Remove waxed paper; place top side up on cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 3 With large serrated knife, trim off dome of cake to level surface, if needed. Line 2 small cookie sheets or trays with foil. Place 1 cake on each; cover with foil and loosely wrap each cake. Freeze about 5 hours or overnight until cakes are frozen.
  • 4 Meanwhile, cut out paper templates. Place 1/4 cup milk chocolate frosting in small resealable plastic bag; set aside. Place 2 tablespoons cookies'n'creme frosting in another small resealable plastic bag; set aside.
  • 5 Remove cakes from freezer. Place templates over cakes as shown in photo. Cut cakes around templates. (Discard cake scraps or save for another use.) Round edges of muzzle to create a more rounded shape for nose.
  • 6 Arrange cake pieces on paper-covered cardboard as shown in photo to assure correct placement. Move all smaller pieces to cookie sheet; return to freezer to keep frozen for easier frosting. Spread cookies'n'creme frosting over larger cake pieces on board to seal in crumbs. Add smaller pieces one by one, spreading chocolate frosting for ears and cookies'n'creme frosting for all remaining pieces, covering all exposed edges to seal in crumbs. Freeze about 15 minutes to set frosting.
  • 7 Frost entire cake with remaining milk chocolate and cookies'n'creme frostings as shown in photo. With offset metal spatula or knife, make wavy strokes to a point to create furry appearance. Use extra frosting to round edges of muzzle and legs to blend into body. Immediately sprinkle a few cookie crumbs from frosting over nose and legs for spots.
  • 8 Place 2 mints on face for eyes and 1 mint for nose. Cut off small bottom corner of bag containing milk chocolate frosting. Pipe mouth and paw prints onto cake. Cut taffy into 1x1/2-inch piece; round edges and make indentation down center to create tongue. Insert tongue into mouth. Fold chewy fruit snack in half lengthwise; place around neck as a collar and trim off excess. Store cake loosely covered at room temperature or in refrigerator up to 1 day before serving.
  • 9 Just before serving, cut off about 1/2 inch of sucker handle. Insert remaining handle of sucker into cake just below collar for tag. Cut off small bottom corner of bag containing cookies'n'creme frosting; pipe heart onto sucker and small amount onto eyes for "sparkle."

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

Nutrition has been calculated on the cake and frosting only for this recipe.

Save the scraps! The cake scraps can be crumbled and sprinkled over ice cream or made into cake pops. Visit bettycrocker.com for a variety of cake pop recipes.

The first layer of frosting for this cake coats and sets the crumbs so they don’t combine with the final frosting. Freezing the cake makes frosting easier.

Don't worry if you didn't get your cake cut out perfectly. Use a little extra frosting to smooth out those not so perfect parts. Once you assemble and decorate, it will look doggone cute!

Soften the taffy candy in the microwave on High for 5 to 7 seconds to make it easier to flatten.

Inserting the sucker just before serving will prevent the color of the sucker from melting onto the frosting.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
510
(
Calories from Fat
190),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
21%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
410mg
410%;
Total Carbohydrate
78g
78%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
61g
61%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 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:
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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