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WALL-E, The Last Little Robot CAKE on Earth
Evanston, IL
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My son is enthralled with WALL-E and begs us to play the trailer every 5 mins. I made this for his 4th birthday ... he loved it so much he wouldn't eat it!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 boxes of cake mix (any flavor -- I like white or chocolate cake)
  • oil, water and eggs according to cake directions
  • 4 12 oz. cans of vanilla/white frosting
  • 1 12 oz. can of chocolate frosting
  • 2 flat-bottomed ice cream cones (mine were green)
  • yellow and red food coloring
  • black licorice vines
  • rectangular candy bar (like Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar)
  • assorted sizes/colors of round candy, i.e. peanut butter cups
  • chocolate sprinkles
  1. Tip: To ensure the cake comes out of the pan easily, place the empty baking pan over the parchment paper and trace its outline with a pencil. Cut out the shape. Grease the entire pan, place the parchment paper on the bottom of the pan and proceed to pour in cake batter. Repeat for each square cake. Don't forget to peel off the parchment paper after it bakes and cools!

  2. Mix and bake 3 boxes of cake mix in a square baking pan. With last box of cake mix, stand 2 ice cream cones in the bottom of a muffin pan and carefully spoon batter into the cone until about half a centimeter from the top. Bake until done. Pour the remaining batter into a square baking pan and bake.

  3. Using a long, serrated knife and a sawing motion, cut the curved tops off of three of the square cakes to level them. Layer the cakes on top of each other, spreading plenty of frosting in between the layers.

  4. Reserve about 1/4th of a cup of white frosting for detailing later. Empty remaining white frosting into a bowl and yellow food coloring and just a drop at a time of red food coloring (red is very potent) until you reach the yellowy-orange color of WALL-E. Coat the entire cake in the yellow frosting.

  5. Add dabs of chocolate frosting along the edges and blend with the yellow frosting to approximate the robot's rust and dirt stains. Scatter chocolate sprinkles in these "dirt" areas to emphasize the blending.

  6. Using a serrated knife, cut remaining square cake into fourths. Stand two of these small triangles alongside the cake to act as the robot's tires. Carefully and liberally cover exposed cake with remaining chocolate frosting. Use kitchen scissors to cut black licorice vines to width of tires, about 1 1/2 inches. Line the outer edge of the tire with licorice.

  7. Use various shapes of round candy, i.e. peanut butter cups, to decorate surface of tire to approximate gears. Cut rectangular candy bar so that it is about 3 1/2 inches long. (Or use a chocolate mold like I did). Place candy bar on middle-top surface of robot's front side, resting on two toothpicks placed in cake. (Don't forget to remove the toothpicks when serving to kids!)

  8. Frost the cake in ice cream cones with white frosting. Place two small pieces of round chocolate or candy into the frosting to represent eyeballs. Using some of the remaining cake, cut a triangle for the ice cream cone-eyes to rest on so that they point upward, like WALL-E's. Place the triangle on top of the cake layers, frost with yellow frosting, and put the ice cream cones in place.

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