Bake any flavor Betty Crocker Cake Mix in oblong pan as directed on package.
Frost, using Betty Crocker Fluffy White Frosting Mix, making icing on top about 1/4 -inch thick.
Press painted or chocolate-coated animal crackers against sides of cake. Fence them in with long gumdrops. Set candles in top of cake. Trim with gumdrops and silver candies.
There is a color photograph of a Zoo Cake on page 38.
Cheese Cracker for head
Animal Cracker with head cut off
Paint animals with Egg Yolk Paint (page 48). Bake 3 minutes at 350° to set egg yolk.
or use chocolate-coated animal crackers (below).
To coat animal crackers: Melt 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a custard cup set in hot water. When chocolate is melted, take from heat and stir with fork until thoroughly blended. Drop crackers, one at a time into chocolate mixture. Lift out with fork, draining off excess, and lay on waxed paper to harden before using.