I liked how this fun Ocean Cake from Taste of Home makes a big impact, with not a lot of work. Fruit rolls are cut in wave shapes to decorate the sides of the cake, while a candy stick, licorice and a gummy fish make a fishing pole. Wouldn’t this cake would be a perfect dessert to take to a summer picnic?!
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) white cake mix
2-2/3 cups canned vanilla frosting
Blue and green Fruit Roll-Ups
Black shoestring licorice
Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Spread 1-2/3 cups frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Using the back of a spoon, make waves on the top of cake with remaining frosting.
Cut wave shapes out of fruit roll-ups; gently press along bottom of cake. Arrange additional wave shapes and fish candies on top of cake as desired. Tie licorice on one end of candy stick to create a fishing pole.
Yield: 12 servings.
How-To: To create ocean waves, smooth frosting first. Then use the back of a spoon to make a small twisting motion in one direction. Next, move spoon over slightly and make another twist the opposite way. Repeat.
Cut the Fruit Roll-Ups in half vertically. Then fold in half, keeping the plastic sides together. Cut into wave shapes.