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"Gingerbread Boy" Cake

Surprise your kids with this gingerbread boy shaped cake - a delicious chocolate dessert!

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  • prep time 55 min
  • total time 4 hr 0 min
  • ingredients 7
  • servings 16
 

Ingredients

Cake

1
box German chocolate cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

Frosting and Decorations

Tray or cardboard (20x14 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
1
container Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
1
container Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
3
large red gumdrops for buttons
2
milk chocolate stars for eyes

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 13x9-inch pan, or spray with baking spray with flour. Generously grease 5-inch round ovenproof bowl (that holds at least 1 cup), or spray with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour 1/2 cup batter into greased bowl; pour remaining batter into pan.
  • 3 Bake bowl 19 to 24 minutes and pan 26 to 33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool cakes 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto cooling rack to remove cakes. Cool completely, about 60 minutes. Chill cakes in refrigerator or freezer 30 to 60 minutes before cutting to reduce crumbs. Place bottom side up on serving tray.
  • 4 Spoon 1/2 cup of the vanilla frosting into resealable food-storage plastic bag. Seal bag; set aside. In medium bowl, stir together remaining vanilla frosting and the chocolate frosting.
  • 5 Using serrated knife, cut cake into gingerbread boy shape (see diagram). Spread cut edge of neck with frosting; attach round piece for head. To seal crumbs, frost cake with a thin layer of frosting. Refrigerate or freeze 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting. Spread remaining frosting evenly over cake. Cut off small corner of bag containing vanilla frosting. Pipe frosting onto cake to decorate as shown in photo. Store loosely covered.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 13x9-inch pan, or spray with baking spray with flour. Generously grease 5-inch round ovenproof bowl (that holds at least 1 cup), or spray with baking spray with flour.
  • 2 Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour 1/2 cup batter into greased bowl; pour remaining batter into pan.
  • 3 Bake bowl 19 to 24 minutes and pan 26 to 33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool cakes 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto cooling rack to remove cakes. Cool completely, about 60 minutes. Chill cakes in refrigerator or freezer 30 to 60 minutes before cutting to reduce crumbs. Place bottom side up on serving tray.
  • 4 Spoon 1/2 cup of the vanilla frosting into resealable food-storage plastic bag. Seal bag; set aside. In medium bowl, stir together remaining vanilla frosting and the chocolate frosting.
  • 5 Using serrated knife, cut cake into gingerbread boy shape (see diagram). Spread cut edge of neck with frosting; attach round piece for head. To seal crumbs, frost cake with a thin layer of frosting. Refrigerate or freeze 30 to 60 minutes to set frosting. Spread remaining frosting evenly over cake. Cut off small corner of bag containing vanilla frosting. Pipe frosting onto cake to decorate as shown in photo. Store loosely covered.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Create an attractive display by covering a piece of sturdy cardboard with wrapping paper, then plastic food wrap. Stretch and secure with tape. Or cover cardboard with foil or cooking parchment paper.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only)
Calories
290
(
Calories from Fat
140),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16g
16%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
3 1/2g
3 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
170mg
170%;
Total Carbohydrate
36g
36%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
30g
30%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 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; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.