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Candy Land Cake

 Candy Land Cake
My friend asked me to make her son's 5th birthday cake, and when I asked her what he wanted on it, she said, "Oh, just put on gobs and gobs of candy." Instead of piling on candy haphazardly, I thought it should look like the Candy Land board game. The birthday boy, his friends and family members loved it! —Pen Perez, Berkeley, California
30-40 ServingsPrep: 2 hours Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages cake mix of your choice (regular size)
  • Vanilla and chocolate frosting
  • Green mist food color spray, optional
  • Assorted decorations: Starburst candies, red Fruit Roll-Up, red coarse sugar, Dots, regular and miniature peanut butter cups, chocolate jimmies, large and small gumdrops, Dum Dum Pops, miniature candy canes, clear and blue rock candy, cake and waffle ice cream cones, multicolored sprinkles, green colored sugar, miniature marshmallows, round peppermints and conversation hearts

Directions

  • Line two 13x9-in. baking pans with waxed paper and grease the paper.
  • Prepare cake batter; pour into prepared pans. Bake according to
  • package directions. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pans to
  • wire racks to cool completely; remove waxed paper.
  • Level tops of cakes; place side by side on a covered board. Frost top
  • and sides of cake with vanilla frosting; mist with food color spray
  • if desired.
  • With Candy Land game board as your guide, form a path using Starburst
  • candies. With vanilla frosting, pipe "Happy Birthday" on candies.
  • With chocolate frosting, make an arrow; pipe "Start" on the arrow
  • with vanilla frosting.
  • For the Mountain/Gumdrop pass, use a red Fruit Roll-Up, red coarse
  • sugar and Dots.
  • For forests, add peanut butter cups topped with piped chocolate
  • frosting, chocolate jimmies, gumdrops, Dum Dum Pops, candy canes and
  • rock candy.

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Candy Land Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For castle, pipe vanilla frosting into ice cream cones. Garnish with
  • Dots and sprinkles.
  • Between the pathways, add green colored sugar, sprinkles, miniature
  • marshmallows, peppermints and conversation hearts. Pipe additional
  • frosting to fill in spaces; top with sprinkles.
  • Pipe vanilla frosting around base of cake; place peppermints around
  • top edge of cake. Yield: 30-40 servings.
Editor's Note: This cake is best eaten the day it's prepared. Do not refrigerate.