Family Tree Cake

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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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