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Chocolate Lab Dog Cake

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Chocolate Lab Dog Cake
  • Prep Time 1 hr 35 min
  • Total Time 7 hr 50 min
  • Servings 20
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This little guy will steal the show at any pet-lover’s party.

Ingredients

Cake and Frosting

2
boxes Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ devil's food cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix boxes
3
containers Betty Crocker™ Hershey's™ milk chocolate frosting

Decorations

Heavy cardboard or cutting board covered with colored paper and waxed paper, or tray (21x14 inches)
17
brown candy-coated peanut butter chocolate candies
1
strawberry-flavor stretchy and tangy taffy candy
1
roll Betty Crocker™ Fruit Roll-Ups™ chewy fruit snack, any flavor (from 5-oz box)

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottoms only of 2 (13x9-inch) pans with cooking spray. Line bottom of pans with waxed paper or cooking parchment paper; spray paper with cooking spray.
  • 2 Make and bake cake mixes as directed on boxes for 13x9-inch pans, using water, oil and eggs. Cool 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans to cooling racks. Remove waxed paper; place top side up on cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 3 With large serrated knife, trim off dome of cake to level surface, if needed. Line 2 small cookie sheets or trays with foil. Place 1 cake on each; cover with foil and loosely wrap each cake. Freeze about 5 hours or overnight until cakes are frozen. Meanwhile, cut out paper templates (template can be found under the Tips below).
  • 4 Remove cakes from freezer. Place templates over cakes as shown in photo. Cut cakes around templates. (Discard cake scraps or save for another use.)
  • 5 Arrange cake pieces on paper-covered cardboard as shown in photo to assure correct placement. Move all smaller pieces to cookie sheet; return to freezer to keep frozen for easier frosting. Spread frosting over larger cake pieces on board to seal in crumbs. Add smaller pieces one by one, spreading frosting over all exposed edges to seal in crumbs. Freeze about 15 minutes to set frosting.
  • 6 Frost entire cake with remaining frosting. With offset metal spatula or knife, make wavy strokes to create furry appearance. Use extra frosting to round edges of muzzle and legs to blend into body. Add a little extra frosting above eyes to make eyebrows.
  • 7 Place 2 brown candies on face for eyes and 1 for nose. Use remaining brown candies to create paws. Cut taffy into 1x1/2-inch piece; round edges and make indentation down center to create tongue. Insert tongue into mouth. Store cake loosely covered at room temperature or in refrigerator up to 1 day before serving.
  • 8 Just before serving, fold chewy fruit snack in half to create a triangle. Gently stretch to 8 inches wide and 4 inches tall. Place bandana on neck of puppy.
Tips  

Save the scraps! The cake scraps can be crumbled and sprinkled over ice cream or made into cake pops. Visit bettycrocker.com for a variety of cake pop recipes.

The first layer of frosting for this cake coats and sets the crumbs so they don’t combine with the final frosting. Freezing the cake makes frosting easier.

Don't worry if you didn't get your cake cut out perfectly. Use a little extra frosting to smooth out those not so perfect parts. Once you assemble and decorate, it will look doggone cute!

Soften the taffy candy in the microwave on High for 5 to 7 seconds to make it easier to flatten.

Print this handy cake template to make cutting out the pieces a snap.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
400
(
Calories from Fat
150
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
26%
(
Saturated Fat
6g
32%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
30mg
9%
Sodium
370mg
15%
Potassium
200mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
59g
20%
(
Dietary Fiber
1g
6%
,
Sugars
37g
)
Protein
3g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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