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Acorn Brownie Cake

 Acorn Brownie Cake
THIS TREETOP TREAT for birthday parties is the kind you can fix ahead of time, then squirrel away for later—but you might want to keep an eye on it. Why? With its popular peanut butter flavor plus a light texture, folks likely won't want to wait for a taste! To create the cake, our kitchen staff shaped Edie's recipe into an acorn and leaves using a pattern from Paula Del Favero. Then frosting
12-15 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons milk
  • Red and yellow liquid or paste food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar. Add eggs,
  • one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed
  • mixture. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake a t 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted

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Acorn Brownie Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, cream butter, shortening and vanilla. Beat in
  • confectioners' sugar and enough milk to achieve desired consistency.
  • Place 6 tablespoons each in two bowls. Tint one red and one yellow;
  • set aside. Add cocoa to the remaining frosting; mix well.
  • Using the acorn pattern and folded waxed paper, trace bottom of acorn
  • up to dark brown dashed line. Cut out and unfold.
  • Trace the acorn cap onto folded waxed paper. Cut out and unfold.
  • With a sharp knife, trace patterns on cooled brownie; cut out. Cut
  • the remaining brownie into three to five leaves using a 3-in. maple
  • leaf cutter; set aside. On a 16-in.-square covered board, position
  • acorn cap over the acorn bottom in center of board. Frost top and
  • sides of acorn with tan frosting. Sprinkle pecans over acorn cap.
  • Frost leaves with remaining tan frosting. Using an icing spatula,
  • randomly blend red and yellow frosting over leaves. Use a toothpick
  • to form veins in the leaves. Arrange decorated leaves around the
  • acorn. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 708 calories, 34 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 121 mg cholesterol, 402 mg sodium, 97 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.