This old-fashioned “poke” cake, made with orange-flavored gelatin, is decorated with a spider web design for Halloween.
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1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package fudge marble cake mix
6 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, melted, cooled slightly
1 1/4 cups water
3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs
1 (3-ounce) package orange-flavored gelatin
1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup cold water
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 nonpareils candies
2 (0.68-ounce) tubes black decorating gel
Swirled chocolate chips, if desired
Plastic spiders, if desired
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 13x9-inch baking pan; set aside.
Combine cake mix, melted butter, 1 1/4 cups water and eggs in bowl. Beat according to package directions to make marbled effect. Bake 29-32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, at least 1 hour.
Poke holes, 1-inch deep and every 2 inches, in cake with meat fork or wooden skewer.
Dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water. Slowly pour warm gelatin mixture over cake. Refrigerate 2-3 hours or until chilled .
Combine all frosting ingredients in bowl. Beat at low speed until moistened. Increase speed to high; beat until creamy. Spread frosting over cake.
Place 12 nonpareils candies on outer edge of cake. Draw a spider web design on frosting with toothpick, ending lines at each nonpareil candy.
Pipe decorating gel over toothpick design to make spider web. Decorate with swirled chocolate chips and plastic spiders, if desired.
- Before decorating, smooth frosting surface with table knife that has been warmed with hot water.
- Squeezable ready-to-use decorator frosting is available in the baking isle of the supermarket. You can use it to decorate cakes, cookies, etc.
- Colorful spiders can be purchased at most discount stores during the Halloween holiday season.
- Nonpareil candies are small chocolate discs covered with tiny white or colored sugar pellets. They are used to decorate cake, cupcakes, cookies, etc. You can find them in the bulk or candy aisle in most supermarkets.
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This is a really easy cake to make. It came out delicious and it looked great. I didn't use the recommended amount of orange-flavored gelatin listed on the recipe. I only used one package that was 0.3 ounces and not the 3 ounce amount. The cake still came out tasting fine.
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