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Hoop It Up Cake

Get into the action by making our Hoop It Up cake, perfect for your sports fanatic's next birthday bash.

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-Do you have a budding basketball star in the family? If so, surprise them with this clever hoop it up cake decorated with licorice twist and M&M candies. First, bake your favorite cake mix in a 2-1/2 quart oven safe bowl. Use a long serrated knife to trim the flat side of the cooled cake to make it level then place it flat side down on a serving platter or board. Use orange food coloring and tint a 16-ounce can of vanilla frosting. Now, press black licorice twist on to the cake to form the lines of a basketball. Space them evenly. It helps to have a picture of a basketball for reference. Next, press rows of orange M&M candies on to the cake. You'll need about 2 cups of the candies. The candies give the cake that textured look of a real basketball. And that's it. This hoop it up cake will be the MVP of your party.