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Swimming in Cotton Candy

Hazel McCoy Recipe shared by:
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Summer is around the corner and this delicious chocolate cake with cherries will get you in the tropical mood. It is family friendly as it allows kids to decorate the pool, landscape and add their favorite characters in the pool. Spend time together as a family and get your kids involved, come up with original recopies and fun cooking together! Happy Summer and I wish you could taste it.

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Ingredients

  • Frosting for pool:
  • 1 packet of Duncan Hines® Frosting Creations™ Cotton Candy Flavor Mix and 1 can of Frosting Creations™ Frosting Starter(reserve 2 tablespoons for adhering candy embellishments and grass).
  • Green food coloring
  • Cake:
  • One package Duncan Hines Chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 10 oz Canned Cherry Pie filling with juice
  • Toppings:
  • white chocolate candy chips used for pool tiles
  • green colored frosting
  • Polly Pockets and other pool props

Baking Instructions

  1. Pour pack of Duncan Hines® Frosting Creations™ Cotton Candy Flavor Mix into can of Duncan Hines® Frosting Creations™ Frosting Starter. Stir until evenly blended.
  2. Prepare Duncan Hines Chocolate Cake mix according to directions.
  3. Add 10 oz canned Cherry Pie Filling with juice
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes
  5. Check to see that it is done
  6. Cool on wire rack
  7. Place prepared frosting in bag, clip end and draw out pool shape on cake
  8. Fill in with frosting creating waves
  9. Do the same with green frosting to create grass
  10. Add props
  11. Enjoy!

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Tips

Large cakes to bake evenly

Large cakes to bake evenly

When I make large cakes, such as half-sheet cakes, I put a small metal cup in the middle of the batter. Having the metal heat also from the middle helps the cake bake more even AND the cake bakes quicker without drying out the sides! Let me know if this works for you!


Pan liners

Pan liners

If you have those wonderfully handy parchment sheets, create a "sling" by letting the ends hang over the sides of the pan (13x9) After the brownies cool they are easily lifted out to be cut on your cutting board! Parchment also cuts time off cookie baking, since ythere's no greasing and they can be reused!





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