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School Bus Cake

 School Bus Cake
Here comes the big yellow bus! Kayla could hardly wait to board a real one to go to kindergarten, so I made her birthday cake to look like a school bus. It wasn't very complicated to decorate, yet everyone immediately recognized the sweet vehicle. -Leslie Miller, Butler, Pennsylvania
12-16 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 8 to 9 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black paste or gel food coloring
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon yellow paste or liquid food coloring
  • 2 Oreo cookies, cut in half
  • 2 yellow gumdrops
  • 6 red gumdrops


  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into
  • two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Place cakes end to end on a 22-in. x 8-in. covered board. Level if
  • needed. From the top of one end, form the front of the bus by
  • cutting out a section 1 in. deep and 3 in. long (Save the removed
  • piece for another use.)
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter and shortening until

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School Bus Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • fluffy. Add 6 cups confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and salt;
  • beat until smooth. Add enough remaining confectioners' sugar until
  • desired consistency is reached.
  • Tint 3/4 cup frosting with black food coloring; set aside. Tint
  • remaining frosting yellow. Frost top and sides of cake with yellow
  • frosting. Frost cut edge of cookies with yellow frosting to form
  • wheel wells; place two cookie halves on each side of bus.
  • Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a
  • #5 round tip. Fill the bag with black frosting. Outline windows on
  • both sides of bus; pipe strips under windows. Pipe windshield and
  • back window; fill in with black frosting. Pipe lines on front of
  • grille. Place yellow gumdrops on front of bus for headlights; place
  • red gumdrops on front and back for lights. Yield: 12-16 servings.