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Monster Face Cake

Monster Face Cake
  • 2  packages  2-layer-size cake mix, desired flavor
  • 2 16  ounce can  vanilla or white frosting
  • 3/4  cup  powdered sugar
  •  Orange paste or liquid food coloring
  • 2  cups  purchased trail mix, desired flavor
  • 2  chocolate-covered wafer cookies
  •  Black gel icing
  •  Assorted candies for decorating: black and red shoestring licorice, black rope licorice, gumdrops, mini candy-coated chocolate baking pieces, gummy worms, fruit jelly wedges

1. Bake each cake in a 10-inch fluted tube pan according to package directions. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

2. Combine frosting and powdered sugar. Use food coloring to color frosting. Place one cake, rounded side down, on serving platter. Spread a layer of frosting over top. Add second cake, rounded side up, to create pumpkin shape. Be sure to line up the ridges of the cakes.

3. Fill the center well with trail mix to 1 inch from the top. Frost top and sides of the cake, leaving an indent at the top. Insert a wafer cookie into the top of the cake for a stem. Cut remaining cookie half diagonally. Place one half of the cookie, cut side up, on front of cake for a nose. Decorate the face as desired, using gel icing and assorted candies. If desired, decorate both sides of cake with contrasting faces.

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