How To: Create a monster cake

Create a monster cake

Make a kid-friendly cake for Halloween this year. Kraft teaches you how to make one "monster" of a cake, sure to top and snacks acquired during trick or treat. This howling good treat will keep your guests guessing, because it only "looks" like a cake. Watch the Kraft Kitchens Expert create this easy and delicious surprise. Get the full recipe at Kraft Foods.

What You Need:

1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
6 drops green food coloring
1 pkg. (16 oz.) powdered sugar, sifted (4 to 4-1/2 cups)
1 tube (0.75 oz.) black decorating gel
8 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, finely crushed
3 JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows, cut in half

Make It:

PREPARE cake batter as directed on package. Add dry pudding mix; mix well. Spoon evenly into 24 paper-lined medium muffin cups. Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

BEAT cream cheese, butter, vanilla and food coloring in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually add sugar, beating well after each addition.

ARRANGE cupcakes on large serving platter or tray to resemble a monster's head as shown in diagram. Spread with frosting. Use decorating gel to outline the eyes, mouth, scars and hairline on the cupcakes. Fill in the hair with cookie crumbs. Place 2 of the marshmallow halves in centers of eyes; place remaining 4 marshmallow halves in the mouth for teeth. Store in refrigerator.

Tips:

Substitute - Prepare as directed, using any flavor cake mix.

How to Create Your Own Unique Cake - Let your imagination run wild and create your own unique cake.

Size-Wise - At 24 servings, this fun recipe is great for a party or classroom celebration.

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