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Hoppy Frog Cake Recipe

Hoppy Frog Cake Recipe

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 licorice mouth and chocolate-candy pupils finished the colorful critter. Want to create your own? Just follow the recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12-15 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon 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 or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Twinkies
  • 2 milk chocolate M&M's
  • Green paste or gel food coloring
  • Red shoestring licorice

Directions

  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the 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. round baking pan.
  • 2. 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 removing from pan to a wire rack. Cool cake for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Cool completely.
  • 3. 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 Twinkies 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 Twinkie. (Save remaining cupcakes for another use.)
  • 4. For frosting, whisk flour and milk in a small saucepan until smooth. bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool. In a small mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla. Beat in milk mixture until sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes.
  • 5. Use 1/3 cup white frosting to frost the bottom two-thirds of eyes; add M&M's for pupils. Tint 1/3 cup frosting dark green; set aside. Tint remaining frosting light green; spread over eyelids and over the top and sides of the rest of frog.
  • 6. Cut a hold in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag. Insert round tip #5 and add dark green frosting. Outline the eyes, head, legs and feet. 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 each: 446 calories, 25g fat (12g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 324mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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