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Frankie’s Bride Cake

Let his hair-raising cake be the star of your next Halloween party. Because she's made with a convenient cake mix, you'll have plenty of time to decorate her BOOtifully! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16-20 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 7-1/2 to 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Purple and green paste food coloring
  • ASSORTED CANDIES: Large marshmallow, black raspberry candies, black shoestring licorice, green Jordan almond, red shoestring licorice, red colored sugar, red raspberry candy, green sour gummy stars, candy corn, large black spice gumdrops and black licorice pastels


  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into two greased and floured 9x5-in. loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool. Place cakes end-to-end on a 22x8-in. covered board.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Beat in 6 cups confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and salt. Beat in enough remaining confectioners' sugar to achieve spreading consistency. Set aside 1/4 cup white frosting for hair. Remove 3 cups frosting; tint purple. Tint remaining frosting green.
  • For bride's face, frost the top and sides of one cake with green frosting. Frost the second cake with a thin layer of purple frosting. Insert a medium star tip in each of two pastry bags; fill one bag with the remaining purple frosting and the other with the reserved white frosting. Pipe wavy purple hair with streaks of wavy white hair on bride.
  • Decorate the bride, using assorted candies. For eyes, use halved marshmallow, halved black raspberry candy and black shoestring licorice. Add a Jordan almond nose. Make a smiling mouth and dimples using red shoestring licorice, red colored sugar and
  • halved red raspberry candy.
  • For ears and earrings, insert gummy stars and candy corn into side of cake. Attach spice gumdrops for bolts. Use black shoestring licorice and black licorice pastels for scar. Add a spider made with a black raspberry candy and black shoestring licorice strips.

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