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Happy Birthday Cell Phone Cake

There's no need to put in a call to a baker for your teen girl's birthday. Ring in the big day with a clever homemade cake!

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  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 2 hr 50 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 15
 

Ingredients

1
box white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
Tray or cardboard, 18x16 inches, covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
1 1/2
containers (1 lb each) creamy white frosting
Pink paste or gel food color
Decorating bag with tips
12
white candy-coated chewing gum squares
1
package (3.2 oz) marshmallow flowers
3
oval licorice candies
1
candy straw

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 2 Cut 1 1/4-inch strip from each long side of cake. Trim each corner of cake to round off, making cell phone shape. (Discard pieces trimmed from cake or reserve for another use.) Place cake on tray. Freeze 1 hour.
  • 3 Divide 1 container of white frosting in half (about 3/4 cup each). Stir food color into half of frosting to tint pink. Spread pink frosting over bottom half of cake. Spread white frosting over top half of cake.
  • 4 From 1/2 container of frosting, reserve about 2 tablespoons white frosting. Tint about 1/4 cup of the frosting pink. Onto center of white-frosted half of cake, spread some of the pink frosting in square shape for message screen. Place remaining pink frosting in decorating bag with writing tip. Pipe pink frosting along edge of white-frosted cake. Arrange gum on cake for number buttons; pipe on numbers with pink frosting.
  • 5 With reserved white frosting, pipe desired message on message screen. Add marshmallow flowers and licorice candies. Add candy straw for antenna. Store loosely covered.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 2 Cut 1 1/4-inch strip from each long side of cake. Trim each corner of cake to round off, making cell phone shape. (Discard pieces trimmed from cake or reserve for another use.) Place cake on tray. Freeze 1 hour.
  • 3 Divide 1 container of white frosting in half (about 3/4 cup each). Stir food color into half of frosting to tint pink. Spread pink frosting over bottom half of cake. Spread white frosting over top half of cake.
  • 4 From 1/2 container of frosting, reserve about 2 tablespoons white frosting. Tint about 1/4 cup of the frosting pink. Onto center of white-frosted half of cake, spread some of the pink frosting in square shape for message screen. Place remaining pink frosting in decorating bag with writing tip. Pipe pink frosting along edge of white-frosted cake. Arrange gum on cake for number buttons; pipe on numbers with pink frosting.
  • 5 With reserved white frosting, pipe desired message on message screen. Add marshmallow flowers and licorice candies. Add candy straw for antenna. Store loosely covered.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Instead of using a decorating bag and tip, place the frosting in a resealable food-storage plastic bag, cut a tiny hole in one corner and use to pipe the frosting. Use different bags for different colors.

Look for paste or gel food color in cake decorating departments of craft stores.

Create an attractive display by covering a piece of sturdy cardboard with wrapping paper; then plastic food wrap. Stretch and secure with tape. Or cover cardboard with foil or cooking parchment paper.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only)
Calories
340
(
Calories from Fat
110),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
2 1/2g
2 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
320mg
320%;
Total Carbohydrate
54g
54%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
37g
37%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.