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Caterpillar Cake

 Caterpillar Cake
This cute, colorful catepillar is easy to make with a boxed cake mix and prepared frosting. To save a step, tint the frosting and omit the coconut. —Lee Dean, Boaz, Alabama
8-10 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • 2-1/2 cups flaked coconut, divided
  • 2 small purple gumdrops
  • 1 small red gumdrop
  • 2 small orange gumdrops
  • 2 pretzel sticks
  • Yellow, red and green liquid food coloring

Directions

  • Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Fill a greased
  • 8-oz. custard cup three-fourths full. Pour remaining batter into a
  • greased 10-in. fluted tube pan.
  • Bake the custard cup at 350° for 20-25 minutes and the tube cake
  • for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center
  • comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing cakes to wire
  • racks to cool completely.
  • Cut large cake in half widthwise. To form caterpillar, place one half
  • on a 15-in. x 10-in. covered board. Place the remaining portion next
  • to the first to form an "S." With a serrated knife, level top and
  • bottom of small cake; place on one end of caterpillar for head.
  • Frost the small cake with vanilla frosting; gently press 1/4 cup
  • coconut into frosting. Add purple gumdrops for eyes. For mouth,
  • flatten red gumdrop between waxed paper with a rolling pin; place

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Caterpillar Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • below eyes. For antennae, press orange gumdrops onto pretzels;
  • insert into head.
  • Place 3/4 cup coconut each in three small resealable plastic bags.
  • Tint one orange with yellow and red food coloring; tint one green
  • and one yellow. Frost the caterpillar with remaining vanilla
  • frosting. Press alternate colors of coconut into frosting. Yield:
  • 8-10 servings.