Celebration Candidate Cake uses the Mini Wonder Mold Pan for single-serving cakes you can decorate in a variety of comical ways. An ice cream cone shapes his hat and a pretzel rod is inserted for his arms.
Prepare Icing We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.
Make 1 3/4 cup buttercream icing: Tint 3/4 cup yellow
Tint 1/4 cup red (Red-Red/Christmas Red combination)
Tint 1/4 cup blue
Tint 1/4 cup black
Reserve 1/4 cup white
Decorate in Order
Use yellow icing and spatula to ice cake smooth.
Break pretzel rods in half and ice; push ends into cake sides.
Use tip 4 and yellow icing to pipe pull-out fingers.
Use tip 7 and white icing to pipe whites of eyes.
Use tip 4 and black icing to pipe pupils and outline and pipe-in mouth.
Use tip 4 and red icing to pipe tongue; imprint center line with end of spatula.
Use spatula and blue icing to ice sugar ice cream cone smooth and position on top of head.
Use tip 16 and red icing to pipe pull-out stars for hat brim and pompom.
Position gumball nose.
Preheat oven to 350 For temperature per recipe directions. Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.
Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour, or use New Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).
Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour 2/3 cup cake batter into each well in pan, about 2/3 full. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.
Bake cake on middle rack of 350 F oven for 25-30 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.
Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking.
To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.
To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.
We recommend hand washing pan in hot, soapy water.