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Easter Bonnet Cake


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Ingredients:

  • 1 pk (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
  • 2 pk (4-serving size) Jell-O instant pudding and pie filling; lemon flavor
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 c Water
  • 1/4 c Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 c Cold milk
  • 8 oz Cool Whip whipped topping; thawed
  • 7 oz Baker's angel flake coconut
  • Cloth ribbon (optional)
  • Gumdrop flowers (optional)

Directions:

COMBINE cake mix, 1 package of the pudding mix, eggs, water and oil in large bowl. Beat at low speed of electric mixer just to moisten, scraping sides of bowl often. Beat at medium speed 4 minutes. Pour 3-1/4 cups of the batter into greased and floured 1-1/2-quart metal or ovenproof glass bowl; pour remaining batter into greased and floured 12-inch pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes for the pan and 50 minutes for the bowl or until cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean.
 
COOL cakes 10 minutes. Remove from pan and bowl; finish cooling on racks. If necessary, cut thin slice from flat end of bowl-shaped cake so that it will sit flat; split horizontally into 3 layers.
 
POUR milk into small bowl. Add remaining package of pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk until well blended, 1 to 2 minutes.
 
PLACE 12-inch cake layer on large serving plate or tray. Spread layer with 1-1/2 cups of the whipped topping. Center bottom layer of bowl-shaped cake on frosted layer; spread with 2/3 of the pudding. Add second layer; spread with remaining pudding. Add top layer, forming the crown.
 
SPREAD remaining whipped topping over crown. Sprinkle coconut over cake. Tie ribbon around cake crown to form hat band and bow and garnish with Gumdrop Flowers, if desired. Chill until ready to serve. GUMDROP FLOWERS:
 
1. Flatten gumdrops with rolling pin on surface or sheet of waxed paper sprinkled with sugar. Roll until very thin (about 1/16-inch thick), turning frequently to coat with sugar.
 
2. Hold flattened gumdrop at center; overlap edges slightly to give petal effect, pressing piece together at base to resemble flower. For open blossoms, bend gumdrop petals outward from center. Insert small piece of gumdrop in centers with wooden pick, if desired. Use wooden pick to attach flowers to cake if necessary.
 
MAKES 16 servings, Prep time: 45 minutes, Baking time: 50 minutes
 
From <Favorite Recipes: Jell-O Easy Entertaining>. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive, http://www.erols.com/hosey.