"carrot Patch" Chocolate Cake

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 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)
  • 1 14
    cups water
  • 13
  • 12
  • cooking spray
  • 1
    (16 ounce) can chocolate frosting (I used Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Frosting)
  • 12
    cup Oreo cookie crumbs (more or less depending on the size of your cake)
  • 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)
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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!
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