June 17, 2016

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No—it’s our SUPERHERO SHIELD CAKE!!

This unbeatable project is perfect for the heroes in your home. And best of all, it doesn’t take super-powers to make it. Basically, all you need is THE POWER TO ROLL OUT SPICE DROPS!!

Here’s the whole story:

Take a 16 OUNCE BOX OF CAKE MIX and prepare according to package directions. Pour the batter into greased 9″x 13″ pan lined with wax paper and smooth with spatula. Bake until firm. Cool and invert.

To make the letter detail, press 20 RED SPICE DROPS together. Sprinkle a clean work surface with RED DECORATING SUGAR and roll out the candies to a 4 1/2″x 5″ rectangle, adding more red sugar to prevent sticking. Make a template of your child’s initial with cardstock; place it on top of rolled candy. Cut out letter with a paring knife; reserve scraps.

To make the red shield border, unroll SOME RED FRUIT LEATHER and press two strips together to make it doubly thick. Roll one side of the strip in red sugar to coat. Cut into two 11″ strips, two 4″ strips and one 9″ strip. Cut the scraps into six 1/2″ triangles

To make the blue circle, press 28 WHITE SPICE DROPS together. Sprinkle a clean work surface with BLUE DECORATING SUGAR. Roll candies to a roughly 6 1/2″ circle, adding sugar to prevent sticking. Trim circle with a paring knife.

To make the yellow bolts, press 12 YELLOW SPACE DROPS together. Sprinkle a clean work surface with YELLOW DECORATING SUGAR and roll out candies to a 3″x 4″ rectangle, adding more yellow sugar to prevent sticking. Cut out bolts with a paring knife.

Place cake on work surface, leveling the top with a serrated knife. Transfer cake, flat side down, to a serving platter. Remove a triangular piece from each corner of the cake and position pieces at the bottom to create the pointed end of the shield shape, using the photo as guide.

Spread thin layer of VANILLA FROSTING over cake. Place in freezer for 20 minutes.

Spread remaining frosting over the cake. Place blue candy circle in the center. Arrange red strips along edge of cake, trimming ends with scissors when necessary. Add yellow candies around blue circle. Place red letter and small red triangles in center of blue circle and yellow bolts on either side of letter.

And there you have it: One cake so mighty, it simply can’t be beat.

Thanks to Tara Donne for the terrific photo.

You can find also find this recipe at its PARENTS page by clicking here.

Happy Decorating,

Alan and Karen

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