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Striped Mini Smash Cake

Pastel frosting with bright orange stripes and polka dots make this two-layered round cake beg for baby’s attention. A brightly colored, eye-catching candle creates another element of surprise.

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  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Servings 20

Ingredients

1
box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® cake mix (any flavor*)
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1
container Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting
Orange food color
Orange coarse decorating sugar

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Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottom only of 8x4-inch loaf pan with shortening or cooking spray, and place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally until smooth. Place 1 3/4 cups batter into loaf pan. Spoon remaining batter into muffin cups.
  • 3 Bake loaf cake 35 to 40 minutes and cupcakes 18 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. For easier handling, refrigerate or freeze loaf cake 30 to 60 minutes or until firm.
  • 4 Stir frosting and food color together to desired light orange color. Trim rounded top off loaf cake. Using 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut 2 rounds from loaf cake. Place one round cake cut side up on plate. Spread cut side with colored frosting. Top with remaining round cake, cut side down.
  • 5 Frost side and top of cake with colored frosting. Stir together 2 tablespoons light orange frosting and additional orange food color to deep orange color. Spoon frosting into decorating bag fitted with small round tip; set aside. Cut 1/4-inch strips waxed or cooking parchment paper 4 inches long. Arrange paper strips on top of cake spaced about 1/4 inch apart. Top cake with decorating sugar. Press sugar gently into cake. Gently remove paper strips, and smooth frosting if needed. Pipe deep orange frosting dots along base of cake. Use remaining frosting to frost cupcakes.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

*For all chocolate and devil's food cake mixes, use only 1 cup water.

For a healthier first birthday cake, add bananas to the mix! Make cake as directed in recipe above--except use 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix, 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 medium), 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup water and 3 eggs.

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