Magnifying Glass Birthday Cake Design

by Karen Tack

Magnifying Glass Birthday Cake Design

How to make a magnifying glass birthday cake with almond M&Ms and Yodels.


Serves 12




  • 1 (10-inch) round cake
  • 1 ½ cups vanilla frosting
  • 1 can (16 oz) dark chocolate frosting
  • 12 red Almond M&M’s
  • 4 Yodels cream-filled chocolate snack cakes


What you’ll need:


  • A serving platter


Trimming the cake:


  1. Transfer cake to a serving platter large enough to fit the handle.


Frosting the cake:


  1. Spoon 1 1/4 cups of the dark chocolate frosting into a resealable bag.
  2. Spread the top of the cake with the vanilla frosting and make smooth.
  3. Spread the sides of the cake with the remaining dark chocolate frosting and make smooth.


To complete the decoration:


  1. Arrange 3 of the red candies, end to end to make the ant bodies on top of the cake.
  2. Snip a very small corner from the bag with the dark chocolate frosting. Pipe the legs and antennae onto the red Almond M&M’s as pictured.
  3. Enlarge the cut corner in the bag with the dark chocolate frosting to ¼-inch and pipe a line around outer edge of cake.
  4. To make the magnifying glass’s handle, arrange the snack cakes, end to end, and secure them together with the remaining chocolate frosting.


Cake Anatomy:


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