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Rockin' iCake Recipe

Rockin' iCake Recipe

Dance Dance Revolution contest or retro disco bash? Whatever the party plan, turn up the fun at your music-lover's birthday with this oversize MP3 player.


  • 9-by 13-inch cake
  • 2 1/3 cups white frosting
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light-blue frosting
  • 8 large blue sprinkles (we used Wilton Jumbo Diamonds Sprinkles)
  • Chocolate decorators' frosting
  • Red licorice laces
  • 2 red gumdrops


  1. Spoon 1/3 cup of white frosting into a resealable sandwich bag and set it aside. To get the smooth look of our MP3 player, first place the cake upside down on a wire rack over a baking sheet. Frost the sides. Heat the rest of the white frosting in the microwave until it liquefies, about 20 seconds, then stir the frosting and slowly pour it over the top of the cake, covering it completely. Refrigerate the cake for about 30 minutes to harden the frosting.
  2. Carefully transfer the cake to a platter. With a toothpick, mark a rectangle, a large circle, and a smaller circle on the cake as shown. We used a bowl, a glass, and a small loaf pan as guides. Next, snip a corner from the bag of frosting and pipe outlines over the toothpick grooves.
  3. Spoon the sugar evenly inside the outer circle. Heat the blue frosting in the microwave for about 5 seconds, stir it, and slowly pour it into the inner circle and rectangle. Add blue sprinkle details and write a birthday message with chocolate decorators' frosting.
  4. For earphones, first use a toothpick to make a hole in the bottom of each gumdrop. Then poke a licorice lace into each hole -- one lace should be shorter than the other. Pinch the laces together as shown and set them next to the cake. Serves 12.