1- Heat oven to 350°. Grease bottoms only of 2 rectangular pans, 13 x 9 x 2 inches, with shortening. Make cake mixes as directed on package, using water, oil and eggs. Pour half the batter into each pan. Bake cakes as directed on package for 13 x 9-inch rectangle. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around sides of pans to loosen cakes remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
2- Leave 1 cake layer whole for screen. Cut second cake layer as shown in diagram. Freeze cake pieces about 1 hour for easier frosting if desired. Reserve 3/4 cup frosting. Cover large flat tray or piece of cardboard with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Arrange cake pieces on tray to form computer as shown in diagram. Frost cake, attaching pieces with small amount of frosting.
3- Drop 1 drop food color about 3 inches in from each corner of the screen area. Blend into frosting with spatula to within 1 inch of edges to make screen. Outline with licorice. Arrange mint candies on keyboard. Trim mouse to desired shape. Frost with 1/2 cup reserved frosting. Outline mouse keys with licorice.
4- Place mouse next to keyboard. Tint remaining frosting with 3 drops blue food color. Place frosting in decorating bag with writing tip. Pipe desired message on screen. Pipe cord from mouse to keyboard. Store loosely covered at room temperature.
High Altitude (3500 to 6500 feet): Make cake mix following high-altitude directions on package for 13 x 9-inch rectangle.
1 Serving: Calories 455 (Calories from Fat 190) Fat 21g (Saturated 10g) Cholesterol 55mg Sodium 340mg Carbohydrate 62g (Dietary Fiber 0g) Protein 4g. % Daily Value: Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 4% Iron 8%.
Betty's Tip If you don't care for mints, you can use jelly beans or almonds to form keys on the keyboard.
Cutting and Assembling Computer Cake
* Leave first layer whole for screen.
* Cut diagonal pieces from both sides of second cake layer to form keyboard cut mouse.
* Arrange uncut cake layer above cut cake. Place mouse next to keyboard.
From "Betty Crocker's Ultimate Cake Mix Cookbook." Text Copyright 2004 General Mills, Inc. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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