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Groom's Boot Cake

 Groom's Boot Cake
Something sweet was afoot when Traci Renner and Chad Betts of Baltic, Ohio exchanged rural "I do's" at his parents' country acreage. Chad's mom tastefully captured the couple's Western theme with the confections she created— two cowboy boot-shaped groom's cakes that were "roped" to the main tiered cake.
12-16 ServingsPrep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 cups Cream Cheese Frosting or Bridal Cake Frosting
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Brown and blue paste food coloring
  • 5 pastry or small heavy-duty resealable plastic bags
  • Pastry tips #5 round and #21 star

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating
  • well after each addition. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking
  • soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.
  • Beat on low just until combined. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan

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Groom's Boot Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • with waxed paper; grease and flour paper. Pour batter into prepared
  • pan. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted
  • near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from
  • pan to wire rack to cool completely.
  • Level the top of cake. Trace boot pattern onto waxed paper as
  • directed on pattern and cut out. Place pattern on cake and cut
  • around pattern. Place boot cake on a large serving platter or
  • 16-in.-square covered board. Prepare frosting. Combine 1/2 cup
  • frosting with milk to make a glaze; evenly spread over top and sides
  • of boot. Refrigerate for 20-25 minutes or until completely set.
  • Cut apart waxed paper boot pattern along inside design lines and
  • reposition pattern on cake. Using a toothpick, lightly trace around
  • each piece to transfer patterns.
  • Tint 3/4 cup frosting brown. Tint 1 cup dark blue and 1/2 cup light
  • blue. Leave 1/4 cup white. Cover and refrigerate blue and white
  • frostings. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic
  • bag; insert round tip. Fill bag with brown frosting. Following the
  • pattern, outline the boot shape and inside design lines with brown
  • frosting. Insert star tip in brown frosting bag. Pipe stars on top
  • and sides of brown pater areas as shown in photo at far left.
  • Prepare another pastry or plastic bag, inserting star tip. Fill bag
  • with white frosting; pipe stars on white areas. Insert star tip into
  • another pastry or plastic bag; fill with light blue frosting. Pipe
  • stars on top and sides of light blue areas of cake. Insert star tip
  • into pastry or plastic bag; fill with dark blue frosting. Pipe stars
  • on top and sides of dark blue area of cake. Store cake in the
  • refrigerator. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Editor's Note: Use of coupler rings will allow you to easily change tip from bag to bag.