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Ladybug Cake

 Ladybug Cake
This cake will steal the show at your next party. It is really easy to make. I baked the batter in a bowl, colored the frosting a vivid red with paste food coloring and used licorice and gumdrop trims.—Lenore Walters, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
12-16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1-1/3 cups vanilla frosting
  • Red paste food coloring
  • 2 large white gumdrops
  • 3 large black gumdrops
  • 1 rope black licorice
  • 1 shoestring black licorice


  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, water, oil, eggs and mayonnaise
  • on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into
  • a greased and floured 2-qt. ovenproof bowl.
  • Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • bowl to a wire rack to cool completely. Place on a serving plate.
  • In a small bowl, combine frosting and food coloring. Spread over
  • cake. For eyes, flatten white gumdrops and shape into ovals; place
  • on ladybug. Cut black gumdrops horizontally into three slices;
  • discard tops. Slightly flatten slices; place two on white gumdrops
  • for pupils, securing with a toothpick if necessary. Arrange

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Directions (continued)

  • remaining slices on body for spots, pressing down gently.
  • Cut rope licorice into six pieces; insert into cake for legs. Cut a
  • small piece from the shoestring licorice; add for mouth. Yield:
  • 12-16 servings.