I found this on Pinterest and decided to make it for Carnival Night at my son's school and it got rave reviews. It's just a simple chocolate cake with some very creative toppings that make it look adorable and it's a great cake to use for celebrating Spring or Easter! (Total time does not include cooling time on the cake)
- 1 (18 1/4 ounce) box chocolate cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Supermoist Milk Chocolate but any chocolate cake mix would work. Instructions a)
- 3 eggs
- 1 1⁄4 cups water
- 1⁄3 cup canola oil
- 1⁄2 cup chocolate chips
- cooking spray
- 1 (16 ounce) can chocolate frosting (I used Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Frosting)
- 1⁄2 cup Oreo cookie crumbs (more or less depending on the size of your cake)
- 12 marshmallows
- 12 ounces white chocolate candy melts (Wilton makes them)
- 3 -4 drops orange gel food coloring (must be gel)
- candy, grass (It is called "Edible Easter Grass." Get the green stuff. I found mine at Walmart in the seasonal Eas)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, water and oil. Blend with hand mixer until batter is smooth.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Spray a 9x13" cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour the batter into the pan.
- Bake according to package directions (usually 30-35 minutes for a 9x13 cake).
- While cake is baking, place the white baking chips into a small saucepan and begin stirring them over Medium-Low heat on the stove (or follow the instructions on the bag).
- When they are almost melted, add a few drops of orange gel food coloring to the mixture. Continue stirring until all candy is melted and it is all orange.
- NOTE: I tried this before with liquid food coloring and the candy coating hardened immediately. I did not have this problem with gel coloring. If you can find orange candy melts, you can use them and skip this step.
- Skewer the marshmallows with toothpicks and roll them around in the melted candy until they are covered. You only need to do the top and sides.
- Allow excess chocolate to drip off and poke the toothpicks into a piece of thick styrofoam (or through the top of a shoe box like I did). You can also remove the toothpicks and place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Place in fridge until the candy is set (about 10 minutes).
- By this point, the cake should be about done baking. Remove from oven and allow to cool while you finish the marshmallow carrots.
- Remove the marshmallows from the fridge and use a tooth pick to poke 3 small holes very close to each other in the middle of the top of each marshmallow.
- Using the toothpick, push 1 piece of edible Easter grass into each hole to create the carrot tops. Set aside until cake is cool enough to add the icing.
- When cake is cool, icing it with the can of frosting (or your favorite recipe).
- Remove the marshmallows from toothpicks and gently press them down into the frosting until you feel the cake "give" a little. I made 3 rows with 4 "carrots" in each row.
- Sprinkle the Oreo crumbs over the chocolate frosting to create the look of dirt. Dust crumbs off of the carrot tops if any land there while sprinkling.
- You are finished!