Cake: Add all ingredients except egg whites. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds,
scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl constantly.
Add egg whites. Beat on high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl constantly.
Grease and flour 2 layer pans, divide batter evenly. Note: You can fill
one layer pan and place the remainder in cupcake tins for use as the head of
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes.
Icing: Boil sugar, water, cream of tartar and salt. Bring to a roiling boil.
Beat egg whites until foamy. While whipping egg whites, slowly add sugar
syrup. Beat on high speed until thick. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Final preparation: Cut cake layer in half. Spread thin layer of icing on
half and then lay the other half on top. Cut a small triangle out of cake to
create a spot for the head. Set the cake up on surface, round side up. Place
a cupcake into the triangle opening. Cover the cake with frosting and use the
frosting to form the hind legs. Cover with coconut. Make ears out of construction
paper and use jelly beans for the eyes and nose.
Source: Chef Jim Wuollet, Wuollet Bakery - kare11.com