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Cake Snowman

 Cake Snowman
JUST like the outdoor kind, this frosty figure from our kitchen staff is sure to melt...only it'll be your mouth! The cute-as can-be character is completely edible, from its chocolate candy buttons and coconut snowflakes to the licorice scarf and gumdrop nose. What's more, you'll be able to build the confection without using a specially shaped pan. How? CT's cooks baked the cakes in ordin
8-10 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) pound cake mix
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 package (10 ounces) flaked coconut
  • 2 brown M&M's
  • 3 green M&M's
  • 1 large orange gumdrops
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 chocolate wafer
  • 6 pieces red shoestring licorice, divided
  • 1 large green gumdrop
  • 2 red M&M'S
  • Two 10-ounce custard cups

Directions

  • Prepare cake mixes according to package directions. Pour batter into
  • two greased 1-qt. ovenproof bowls, two greased 10-oz. custard cups
  • and one greased muffin cup.
  • In a 350° oven, bake muffin cup for 18-20 minutes, custard cups
  • for 45-50 minutes and bowls for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick
  • inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before
  • removing cakes from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

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Cake Snowman (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For frosting, cream the shortening and butter in a bowl. Beat in the
  • confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading
  • consistency.
  • Head and body: Use serrated knife to level the cakes.
  • For the body, place one large round cake flat side up on the 8-in.
  • serving plate. Frost the top of the cake. Place the remaining large
  • cake on top with the flat side down and edges even. Frost the top
  • and sides.
  • For the head, place one custard cup cake with flat side up on top of
  • body. Frost the top of the cake. Place the remaining custard cup
  • cake on top with the flat side down and edges even. Frost the top
  • and sides. Set aside 1/4 cup of frosting for hat.
  • Press coconut over the top and sides of snowman, reserving some to
  • sprinkle on plate later. Press two brown M&M's onto face for the
  • eyes and three green M&M'S onto body for the buttons.
  • Use your fingers to shape the orange gumdrop into a carrot shape.
  • Press wide end onto face for the nose.
  • Hat: Place reserved frosting in a bowl. Melt chocolate chips. Stir
  • melted chips into frosting until blended. Frost top of wafer. With
  • top of cupcake down, place cupcake on top of frosted wafer. Frost
  • cupcake with remaining frosting. Place hat on snowman's head.
  • Wrap two licorice pieces around hat just above brim and trim as
  • needed.
  • Flatten green gumdrop between waxed paper. Using sharp knife, cut a
  • holly leaf shape from gumdrop and place on hat brim. Place two red
  • M&M'S on brim next to holly leaf for the berries.
  • Finishing: Press the ends of two licorice pieces together to create
  • one long piece. Repeat with remaining two pieces of licorice. Tie
  • long licorice pieces around neck for scarf.
  • Sprinkle plate with reserved coconut. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Finished size: Cake is 10 inches high x 6-1/2 inches wide at the base.