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Rainbow Trout

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  • Hands-On Time: 45 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Servings: 24 Servings
  • Difficulty: Pretty Easy
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Ingredients

  • 24 Duncan Hines vanilla cupcakes baked in foil liners
  • 12 each red and blue fruit chews
  • 1 can (16 oz.) vanilla frosting
  • yellow and green food coloring
  • 12 thin pretzel sticks
  • 2 bags (16 oz. each) coated chocolates
  • 24 brown mini candy coated chocolates
  • 24 red heart shaped decors
  • Cereal “O’s”, for bubbles

Baking Instructions

  1. For the fins, microwave several fruit chews for no more than 3 seconds to soften. Roll out a candy to make a 2" circle about ⅛" thick. Repeat with the remaining candies.
  2. Cut the flattened candies into fin shapes using scissors, score the tops with the back of a knife to make the ridges; set aside.
  3. Spoon 2 Tbsp. vanilla frosting into a freezer bag. Press out the excess air and seal the bag. Tint the remaining vanilla frosting neon green with the yellow and a few drops of the green food coloring.
  4. Spread some of the neon green frosting on top of a cupcake and make smooth. Starting at one edge, arrange the candy-coated chocolates as the scales, overlapping slightly, about 4 to 5 rows. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes and candies.
  5. Press a pretzel stick on an angle at “tail” edge of the cupcake allowing it to hang over by ¾". Insert a candy fin into the frosting; the pretzel stick is to be used as support for the tail. Add the remaining fins.
  6. Press the heart décor on the opposite side of cupcake as the lips. Snip a small corner from the bag with the vanilla frosting. Pipe a dot of vanilla frosting for the eye and add a brown candy as the pupil. Add the “O” cereal to a serving platter as the bubbles.

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Level Cake Layers

Level Cake Layers

If you want a level cake (without that dome) try DH Butter Golden cake mix. Sift before using. Bake at 325 for 33 minutes in 8" silver pans. Do not use oil in cake mixes. They will always have that dome.


Less Batter Problem

Less Batter Problem

I live in Alaska and everytime I baked a box cake mix in an electric oven, the cake would come out dry. After I did much searching on the internet, I found out that sugar can help hold moisture in the cake. So...for Duncan Hines Devil's Food Cake mix, I always add at least 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar to the mix and they have come out perfect everytime. I wonder if the differences between the old box weight 18 oz and the new box weight is a reduction of sugar?





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