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Boot Cake

This cute boot cake is easily shaped from pieces of a 9-inch x 13-inch cake. I tinted some of the cream cheese frosting to pipe on details. It was a fitting and delicious centerpiece for our cowboy buffet.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour + freezing Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16-20 servings


  • 1 package cake mix of your choice (regular size)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring of your choice
  • Skittles bite-size candies


  • Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper.
  • Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using prepared pan. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap and freeze overnight.
  • Cover a 20x15-in. board with gift wrap or foil. Level cake top.
  • To make boot, beginning from a short side, cut a 2-in.-wide strips. Cut strip into two pieces, one 5-1/2x2 in. and one 2-1/2x2 in. Cut a 10x2-1/2-in. strip from the large rectangle.
  • To assemble base of boot, center the 10x2-1/2-in. piece widthwise on board 5 in. from bottom. Place remaining large rectangle on the right side, forming a backward L. Place the 2-1/2x2-in. piece under the long strip, forming the heal, and place remaining strip on the other side, forming the sole. Using a serrated knife, round corners of boot toe, sole, heal and top.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Set aside 1 cup. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.
  • Tint reserved frosting desired color. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip. Fill bag with tinted frosting.
  • Outline boot shape along bottom and top edges of cake. Fill in heel and toe on cake top, smoothing with a metal icing spatula. With remaining frosting and Skittles, decorate boot as desired.
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