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Hoppy Frog Cake

 Hoppy Frog Cake
KIDS will jump at the chance to sample the cute confection here! It's a real catch as a dessert for the frog-themed birthday party. To shape this web-footed fellow, our kitchen staff prepared a yummy round yellow cake for a body and then added whole cupcakes for eyes and a halved one for feet. The legs required no baking at all—they're Twinkies snack cakes! Tinted frosting, a licoric
12-15 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 individual cream-filled sponge cakes
  • 2 milk chocolate M&M's
  • Green paste or gel food coloring
  • Shoestring red licorice

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add
  • to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Fill 12 greased muffin
  • cups two-thirds full. Pour the remaining batter into a greased 9-in.

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Hoppy Frog Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • round baking pan.
  • Bake cupcakes at 350° for 20-25 minutes and cake for 25-30
  • minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cupcakes for 5
  • minutes before to wire rack to cool completely. Cool cake for 10
  • minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
  • To assemble, place the 9-in. cake in the center of a 15-in. x 13-in.
  • covered board. Place two cupcakes above the cake for eyes. Arrange
  • sponge cakes below the cake for legs. For feet, cut one cupcake in
  • half, using a zigzag cut. Place each half with a rounded edge
  • touching a sponge cake. (Save remaining cupcakes for another use.)
  • For frosting, in a small saucepan, whisk flour and milk until smooth.
  • Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Cool. In a small bowl, cream the butter, shortening, sugar and
  • vanilla. Beat in milk mixture until smooth, about 4 minutes.
  • Use 1/3 cup white frosting to frost the bottom two-thirds of eyes;
  • add M&M's for pupils. Tint remaining frosting light green; spread
  • over eyelids and over the top and sides of the rest of frog. Arrange
  • one long licorice piece for the mouth. Place two 1-in. licorice
  • pieces at the ends of the mouth. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 446 calories, 25 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 89 mg cholesterol, 324 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.