Dessert Recipes

School Bus Cake

School Bus CakeHere comes the big yellow bus! Kayla could hardly wait to board a real one…

School Bus Cake

School Bus Cake


1 package yellow cake mix (regular size) 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup shortening 8 to 9 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons black paste or gel food coloring 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon yellow paste or liquid food coloring 2 Oreo cookies, cut in half 2 yellow gumdrops 6 red gumdrops


Prepare cake mix according to package



Pour batter into two greased 8×4-in.

loaf pans.

Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack to cool completely.

Place cakes end to end on a 22×8-in.

covered board.

Level if needed.

From the top of one end, form the front of the bus by cutting out a section 1 in.

deep and 3 in.

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long (Save the removed piece for another use.

) For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter and shortening until fluffy.

Add 6 cups confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla and salt; beat until smooth.

Add enough remaining confectioners’ sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Tint 3/4 cup frosting with black food coloring; set aside.

Tint remaining frosting yellow.

Frost top and sides of cake with yellow frosting.

Frost cut edge of cookies with yellow frosting to form wheel wells; place two cookie halves on each side of bus.

Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a #5 round tip.

Fill the bag with black frosting.

Outline windows on both sides of bus; pipe strips under windows.

Pipe windshield and back window; fill in with black frosting.

Pipe lines on front of grille.

Place yellow gumdrops on front of bus for headlights; place red gumdrops on front and back for lights.

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