1- Heat oven to 350°. Grease bottom only of rectangular pan, 13 x 9 x 2 inches, with shortening lightly flour. Make cake mix as directed on package, using water, oil and eggs. Pour into pan.
2- Bake cake as directed on package for 13 x 9-inch rectangle. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around side of pan to loosen cake remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
3- Cover large flat tray or piece of cardboard with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place cake on tray. Reserve 2 tablespoons frosting. Frost side and top of cake with remaining frosting. Draw outline of door and make bricks with a toothpick or knife.
4- Press shoestring licorice into frosting to outline door frame. Decorate with candies and cookies as desired. Tint reserved frosting with food color. Place in decorating bag with round writing tip. Pipe on house number and mailbox. Write new neighbor's name with decorating gel. 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 345 (Calories from Fat 135) Fat 15g (Saturated 7g) Cholesterol 45mg Sodium 260mg Carbohydrate 50g (Dietary Fiber 0g) Protein 3g. % Daily Value: Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 2% Iron 2%.
Betty's Tip: Greeting your new neighbors? Why not bake this cake for them as a welcome to the neighborhood? You'll make new friends instantly. Write your new neighbor's name on the house with decorating gel.
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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