How to make a robot cake


If we had our way, every home would come with a robot to do the chores. Our second choice: every home would have a robot cake like this very clever one. Professional baker Liv Hansen for the Betty Crocker kitchens shows you how easy it is to make Mr (or Ms) Roboto.

How to make a robot cake

Preparing the Robot Cake Shapes and Frosting

  • In a medium bowl, tint frosting with black and blue food colors to make desired gray color.
  • Using serrated knife, cut rounded top off cake to level surface; place cake cut side down. Cut cake as shown. On tray, arrange cake pieces as shown, attaching to tray with small amount of frosting. 
Decorating the Robot Cake
  • Crumb coat cake by spreading a thin layer of frosting over top and sides to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Frost entire robot cake with remaining frosting. Cut 1 colorful licorice twist into 2 (1-inch) pieces. Carefully insert licorice pieces between head and body.
  • Cut remaining colorful licorice twist in half. Using scissors, make several cuts in 1 end of each licorice piece to form antennae. Insert licorice pieces, antennae ends up, in top of head. Insert gumdrops into sides of head for ears. Arrange fruit rings on head for eyes; use 2 blue candy-coated chocolate candies for pupils. Separate 1 pull-apart red licorice twist into single strands. Trim 1 strand to 3 inches; place on head for mouth. Use remaining strands to decorate base of the robot cake as desired, trimming to fit.
  • Tie a knot in each remaining pull-apart red licorice twist. Insert knotted licorice twists in each side of body for arms. To decorate robot body, arrange 20 candy-coated chocolate candies in desired pattern on body. Use fruit snack to form border around candy design, trimming to fit. For wheels, insert chocolate wafer cookies in base of cake.

 The Robot Cake recipe serves 12. Visit for a template for this cake.


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  • Liv Hansen

    Liv Hansen Professional Baker and Author Liv Hansen is the author of three books, has appeared on the Today Show, Top 5 (Food Network), The View and Roker on the Road, and was a finalist on the Food Network Challenge: Haunted Gingerbread. more about this expert »