‘Stranger Things’-Inspired Sheet Cake

'Stranger Things'-Inspired Sheet Cake


Stranger Things fans: You need this at your season premiere watch party
  • 1 box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients called for on box
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • ½ c. milk
  • 1 tsp. maple extract
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • Black gel frosting
  • 26 Peanut M&M's
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Make the Sheet Cake: Grease and flour a 12"-x-17" baking sheet with edges or jelly roll pan. In a large mixing bowl, prepare cake mix according to package instructions. Bake according to package instructions, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Set aside to cool.
  3. Make the Maple Frosting: In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add powdered sugar, beating on the lowest speed until combined, then beat in milk, maple extract, and salt. If your frosting isn't thin enough, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time. Pour frosting on top of cake, using a butter knife to smooth into an even layer.
  4. Using the gel icing, draw three lines longways on the cake, on the top, middle, and towards the bottom—these will be the strings for your string lights. Next, place your peanut M&Ms, 8 on the first line, 9 on the middle, and 9 on the bottom. These will be your light bulbs. Pipe a letter of the alphabet under each light. Serve.