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    ROD 5/28/2006 Kite Flying Day Flying Kite Cake

    Source of Recipe

    Marla

    Recipe Introduction

    It's hard to guess who flew the first kites. But, we can date kites as far back as 3000 years ago in China - they were made from bamboo and silk and were first used by the military. Over the centuries, kites have been reproduced around the world for many different reason. They took on mystical and religious meaning in most of Asia and were used in scientific experiments in the US (remember Ben Franklin). Most of all, they have provided endless hours of outdoor fun.

    List of Ingredients

    ROD 5/28/2006 Kite Flying Day Flying Kite Cake

    Flying Kite Cake


    This scrumptious summer cake is sure to soar to the top of your family’s list of favorites!


    1 bag SNICKERS® Brand Minis
    2 bags M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies
    1 16-oz. box pound cake mix
    2 16-oz. cans vanilla frosting
    2 rolls strawberry fruit leather
    4 red licorice laces
    Blue food coloring
    8 thin pretzel sticks
    1 9-inch square baking pan(s)
    Spatula
    Scissors
    Wax or parchment paper




    Recipe

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of the baking pan with wax paper; grease and flour it.
    Prepare the cake mix according to the package instructions and fold in 2 cups chopped SNICKERS® Brand Minis. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

    Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack. Invert and let cool completely.

    Meanwhile, tint the vanilla frosting light blue. Place the cake on a clean surface and, with the photo as your guide, trim the two opposite sides to resemble a kite. Keep the trimmings: sandwich them together to make a second, smaller kite cake. Place both cakes on a serving platter.

    Working on one cake at a time, cover it with blue frosting, making it as smooth as possible. Arrange licorice laces in a cross, separating it into four sections.
    Insert a pretzel stick into each corner on the side of the cake.

    Beginning around the outside edge of each panel, and working inwards, arrange one like-colored M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candy in each of the four panels.

    Cut a 12-inch strand of fruit leather for the kite’s tail. For bows, cut 2 or 3 strands of fruit leather, 7 inches each. Dab the back of three red M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies with frosting, and place one in the center of each bow. Attach the 12-inch strand tail at the base of the cake for the kite’s tail. Arrange the bows down the tail. Decorate the second cake the same way.

    TIPS: For a smaller crowd, just decorate the one cake and freeze the other for another time. You can also use your favorite cake mix. It will make two 9 x 9-inch cakes. Use one for the kites, and wrap the second cake and freeze it for another use.
    Makes 2 cakes.


 

 

 


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