Gumball Machine Birthday Cake Design

by Karen Tack

Gumball Machine Birthday Cake Design

How to make a gumball machine birthday cake with M&M’s


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Serves 14




  • 1 cake baked in a 1-quart Pyrex bowl
  • 1 (3 by 5-inch) loaf cake
  • 1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
  • Red paste food coloring
  • ¾ cup M&M’s, mixed colors
  • 4 red licorice twists
  • 1 tube (4.25 ounces) black decorating icing
  • 1 red lollipop (Tootsie Pop)


What you’ll need:


  • A bread knife
  • A serving platter


Trimming the cake:


  1. Trim the top of the bowl cake to make level.
  2. Cut the (3 by 5-inch) loaf cake as pictured in the diagram below.  Arrange the cakes as pictured.


Frosting the cake:


  1. Tint 1 cup of the vanilla frosting red with the food coloring.  Set aside.
  2. Spread the remaining plain white frosting over the bowl cake and make smooth. Attach the colored candies all over the cake starting from the base for the “gumballs”.
  3. Spread the red frosting all over the rectangular cakes and make smooth.


To complete the decoration:


  1. Trim the red licorice twists and place along the red base cake and bottom edge of top red cake, as pictured.
  2. Insert the lollipop into the top cake.
  3. Pipe a black line on the bottom red cake for the gumball machine’s opening.


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