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Family Tree Cake

Turn a basic cake mix, prepared frosting, and a handful of candies into a special tribute to your lineage.

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 1 hr 35 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 20
 

Ingredients

1
box (1 lb 2.25 oz) yellow cake mix with pudding
1 1/4
cups water
1/3
cup vegetable oil
3
eggs
1
container (1 lb) vanilla ready-to-spread frosting
1/2
cup chocolate ready-to-spread frosting (from 1-lb container)
6
spearmint candy leaves, cut in half (from 13-oz package)
8
small red gumdrops, cut in half
Green paper leaves with guest names

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Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 15x10x1-inch pan with shortening. Make cake mix as directed on box using water, oil and eggs. Spread batter in pan.
  • 2 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 45 minutes.
  • 3 Spread vanilla frosting on top of cake. With toothpick, draw tree trunk on bottom 1/3 of cake. With chocolate frosting, fill in trunk and branches, using tines of fork to create bark on tree. Place candy leaves over top 2/3 of cake, leaving space between leaves.
  • 4 With sharp knife, cut small slit in side of each gumdrop half. Insert one end of paper leaf in slit; place on cake.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 15x10x1-inch pan with shortening. Make cake mix as directed on box using water, oil and eggs. Spread batter in pan.
  • 2 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 45 minutes.
  • 3 Spread vanilla frosting on top of cake. With toothpick, draw tree trunk on bottom 1/3 of cake. With chocolate frosting, fill in trunk and branches, using tines of fork to create bark on tree. Place candy leaves over top 2/3 of cake, leaving space between leaves.
  • 4 With sharp knife, cut small slit in side of each gumdrop half. Insert one end of paper leaf in slit; place on cake.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

You can use any flavor of cake mix that you like -- just use the amounts of water, oil and eggs indicated on the box.

Use a toothpick to outline the shape of the tree before frosting it with chocolate frosting.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
290
(
Calories from Fat
100),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
11%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
180mg
180%;
Total Carbohydrate
45g
45%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
34g
34%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.