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Gingerbread Boy and Girl Cakes

 Gingerbread Boy and Girl Cakes
For an adorable cake to serve at a child's birthday party, try this recipe. They are not only cute but delicious gingerbread cakes.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
12-15 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 3-1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Red, gold and brown paste food coloring
  • 4 brown M&M's
  • Pastry tips-round #7 and star #16

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time,
  • beating well after each addition. In a bowl, combine the molasses
  • and water. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, ginger,
  • cinnamon and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with molasses

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Gingerbread Boy and Girl Cakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • mixture. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan
  • lined with waxed paper. Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until
  • a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 15
  • minutes; invert onto a wire rack. Remove waxed paper; cool
  • completely.
  • In a bowl, cream shortening, butter and vanilla. Beat in
  • confectioners' sugar and milk. Place 1/2 cup of frosting each in two
  • bowls. Tint one red and leave the other white. Place 1/4 cup
  • frosting in another bowl; tint gold. Place 1 cup of frosting in
  • another bowl; tint dark tan.
  • Trace patterns onto waxed paper as directed and cut out. With a sharp
  • knife, cut around patterns on gingerbread. Transfer cutouts onto a
  • 16-in. x 11-in. covered board.
  • With tan frosting, frost girl's head, upper torso and bottom edge and
  • boy's head, arms and legs. With gold, frost boy's overalls and make
  • a heart centered at girl's waistline. Frost hear skirt red.
  • Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert
  • round tip. Fill with remaining red frosting. Pipe buttons on boy,
  • bow on girl and smile on both.
  • Prepare another bag; insert star tip and fill with white frosting. On
  • both boy and girl, pipe a zigzag border at neckline and 1 in. from
  • the tip of each arm. On the girl, pipe above and below the skirt and
  • 1/4 in. from her feet. On the boy, pipe 1/4 in. from the top of his
  • head, below shorts and 1/2 in. from the bottom of his feet. Insert
  • M&M's for eyes. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 538 calories, 23 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 329 mg sodium, 79 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.