Total Time
3hrs 10mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs 50 mins

All this cute cake needs is a cake mix, frosting and a few cookies and candies. Made this cake last night with a commercial size cake mix and it was a huge success today! However, I cheated with the decorations a bit. Here is the original recipe from

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) betty crocker supermoist yellow cake mix or 1 (18 1/4 ounce) betty crocker supermoist white cake mix
  • 1 14 cups water
  • 13 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (16 ounce) containerbetty crocker whipped fluffy ready-to-spread white frosting
  • 1 large red gumdrop
  • red and black shoestring licorice
  • red sugar
  • 1 large black gumdrop


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Generously grease bottom only of 1-1/2 round casserole or heatproof bowl and bottom of loaf pan, 8-1/2" x 4-1/2" x 2-1/2".
  3. Beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl constantly.
  4. Pour half the batter into casserole; pour remaining batter into loaf pan.
  5. Bake about 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool 10 minutes.
  7. Run knife around side of casserole and loaf pan to loosen cakes; remove from casserole and pan to wire rack.
  8. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  9. Wrap and freeze loaf cake for another use.
  10. Place cake, rounded side up, on serving plate.
  11. Frost cake with frosting.
  12. Make face on side of cake, ussing cookies for eyes, red gumdrop slice for nose, red shoestring licorice for mouth and black shoestring licorice for eyebrows and antennae.
  13. Sprinkle red sugar over cake to within 2 inches from curved side of face.
  14. Place black gumdrop slices on cake for spots.
  15. Serve when ready.


Most Helpful

Cute cake, fun ti involve the kids with decorating.

madspenMOM39 July 08, 2009

I found the original recipe card that betty crocker sent out in the 70's for this cake. It called for their pound cake mix. I used a strawberry cake mix. I used the 2nd largest mixing bowl size & wish I would have used the largest/all the batter. I made this an ice cream cake with sherbert & vanilla inside and iced it with cool whip. The red sugar worked great. I used malted milk balls for the spots, non-pariels for the eyes & 'glued' some red hot on them for pupils. It was a huge hit for my daughter's 3rd birthday party! We also painted rocks as ladybugs, made red pompom ladybug magnets w/googly eyes, played pin the ladybug on the flower(everyone 'wins'),& got live ladybugs from the garden store & put them in little jam jars to let go of in the garden! Very Nice!

cornmaiden8 June 30, 2006

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