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Ghostly Pirate Cake

 Ghostly Pirate Cake
This moist white cake is a snap to prepare because it starts with a mix. Have fun decorating it--we sure did!--Taste of Home Test Kitchen
10-12 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 red Fruit Roll-Ups, unrolled
  • Shredded coconut and black food coloring
  • Assorted candies of your choice ( Fruit by the Foot fruit roll, M&M's, black licorice twists, caramels, plain chocolate bar, dark purple Gummi Life Saver, red-hot candy and gold candy coins)


  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two
  • greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes
  • before removing from pans to cool completely.
  • Cut two pieces from the lower edges of each cake, forming a pirate's
  • head (save small pieces for another use).
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Gradually
  • add the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving platter; top with 1/2 cup frosting;
  • top with second cake layer. Frost top and sides with remaining
  • frosting.
  • For pirate's bandanna, place Fruit Roll-Ups over top edge of cake.

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Ghostly Pirate Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Tint coconut with black food coloring; sprinkle over chin for
  • goatee. Decorate pirate's features with assorted candies. Yield:
  • 10-12 servings.