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Gum Ball Machine Cake

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  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 2 hr 5 min
  • Servings 16
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Party cakes CAN be easy! No special decorating skills required. Candies and frosting create the fun.
Updated Jul 21, 2011
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  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ White Cake Mix
  • 1 1/4 cups bubble gum-flavored soda pop or water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 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
  • 1 tub (12 oz) Betty Crocker™ Whipped Vanilla Frosting
  • 1 teaspoon red or blue liquid or paste food color
  • 1 bar (1.5 oz) chocolate-covered crispy candy
  • 1 tube (0.68 oz) Betty Crocker™ blue decorating gel
  • 1 foil-covered chocolate coin
  • 1 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    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.
  • tip 2
    Look for the bubble gum-flavored soda with the other soda pop.
  • tip 3
    Paste food color will produce more vividly colored frosting.
  • tip 4
    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 Facts are not available for this recipe
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