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Ghostly Pirate Cake

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


10-12 servings

This moist white cake is a snap to prepare because it starts with a mix. Have fun decorating it--we sure did!--Taste of Home Test Kitchen


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 5 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 red Fruit Roll-Ups, unrolled
  • Sweetened shredded coconut and black food coloring
  • Assorted candies of your choice ( Fruit by the Foot fruit roll, M&M's, black licorice twists, caramels, plain chocolate bar, dark purple Gummi Life Saver, red-hot candy and gold candy coins)


  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.
  2. Cut two pieces from the lower edges of each cake, forming a pirate's head (save small pieces for another use).
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  4. Place one cake layer on a serving platter; top with 1/2 cup frosting; top with second cake layer. Frost top and sides with remaining frosting.
  5. For pirate's bandanna, place Fruit Roll-Ups over top edge of cake. Tint coconut with black food coloring; sprinkle over chin for goatee. Decorate pirate's features with assorted candies.

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