Betty Crocker and Howdini.com help you create a fun robot cake that's all decked out with Fruit by the Foot® snack and a delightful assortment of kids' candies.
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
Tray or cardboard (20x15 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
Frosting and Decorations
1 1/2 containers Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Black food color
Blue food color
2 colorful licorice twists (7 inch)
2 large black gumdrops
2 soft fruit ring candies
2 blue candy-coated chocolate candies
3 pull-apart red (cherry) licorice twists
20 candy-coated chocolate candies (any color)
1 roll Betty Crocker® Fruit by the Foot® chewy fruit snack (any variety from 4.5-oz box)
6 thin chocolate wafer cookies
Heat oven to 350ºF (325ºF for dark or nonstick pan). Grease or spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan. Make and bake cake as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool 10 minutes; remove cake from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Refrigerate or freeze cake 1 hour until firm.
Tint frosting with black and blue food colors to make desired gray color. Using serrated knife, cut rounded top off cake to level surface; place cake cut side down. Cut cake as shown in template. On tray, arrange cake pieces as shown in template, attaching to tray with small amount of frosting. Spread thin layer of frosting over top and sides to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting.
Frost entire cake with remaining frosting. Cut 1 colorful licorice twist into 2 (1-inch) pieces. Carefully insert licorice pieces between head and body.
Cut remaining colorful licorice twist in half. Using scissors, make several cuts in 1 end of each licorice piece to form antennae. Insert licorice pieces, antennae ends up, in top of head. Insert gumdrops into sides of head for ears. Arrange fruit rings on head for eyes; use 2 blue candy-coated chocolate candies for pupils. Separate 1 pull-apart red licorice twist into single strands. Trim 1 strand to 3 inches; place on head for mouth. Use remaining strands to decorate base of robot as desired, trimming to fit.
Tie a knot in each remaining pull-apart red licorice twist. Insert knotted licorice twists in each side of body for arms. To decorate robot body, arrange 20 candy-coated chocolate candies in desired pattern on body. Use fruit snack to form border around candy design, trimming to fit. For wheels, insert chocolate wafer cookies in base of cake. Store loosely covered.