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Robot Cake

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  • Prep 1 hr 45 min
  • Total 3 hr 45 min
  • Servings 12
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Do the robot—or just make a cake that looks like one! Fruit by the Foot® snack and a delightful assortment of kids' candies make it look extra cute.
Updated Oct 18, 2022
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  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Yellow Cake Mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • Tray or cardboard (20x15 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil

Frosting and Decorations

  • 1 1/2 tubs (16 oz) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting
  • Black food color
  • Blue food color
  • 2 colorful licorice twists (7 inch)
  • 2 large black gumdrops
  • 2 soft fruit ring candies
  • 2 M&M's® chocolate candies blue
  • 3 pull-apart red (cherry) licorice twists
  • 20 M&M's® chocolate candies (any color)
  • 1 roll Betty Crocker™ Fruit by the Foot™ chewy fruit snack (any variety from 4.5-oz box)
  • 6 thin chocolate wafer cookies


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease or spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan. Make and bake cake as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool 10 minutes; remove cake from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Refrigerate or freeze cake 1 hour until firm.
  • 2
    Tint frosting with black and blue food colors to make desired gray color. Using serrated knife, cut rounded top off cake to level surface; place cake cut side down. Cut cake using templates. (See link below for diagram and templates.) On tray, arrange cake pieces as shown in diagram, attaching to tray with small amount of frosting. Spread thin layer of frosting over top and sides to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting.
  • 3
    Frost entire cake with remaining frosting. Cut 1 colorful licorice twist into 2 (1-inch) pieces. Carefully insert licorice pieces between head and body.
  • 4
    Cut remaining colorful licorice twist in half. Using scissors, make several cuts in 1 end of each licorice piece to form antennae. Insert licorice pieces, antennae ends up, in top of head. Insert gumdrops into sides of head for ears. Arrange fruit rings on head for eyes; use 2 blue M&M's™ chocolate candies for pupils. Separate 1 pull-apart red licorice twist into single strands. Trim 1 strand to 3 inches; place on head for mouth. Use remaining strands to decorate base of robot as desired, trimming to fit.
  • 5
    Tie a knot in each remaining pull-apart red licorice twist. Insert knotted licorice twists in each side of body for arms. To decorate robot body, arrange 20 M&M's™ chocolate candies in desired pattern on body. Use fruit snack to form border around candy design, trimming to fit. For wheels, insert chocolate wafer cookies in base of cake. Store loosely covered.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    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.
  • tip 2
    Get a party menu, prep guide, tips, party games, activities and more for a Robots Rule! Birthday Party!


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