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Maple Tree Cake

 Maple Tree Cake
Here's a colorful confection folks will fall for! To top off the scrumptious maple-flavored cake from Lorraine Tishmack of Casselton, North Dakota, our kitchen staff created a chocolate tree with pretty dried-fruit leaves.
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavoring
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dried apples

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar. Add sour cream and maple
  • flavoring. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to sour
  • cream mixture and mix well. Fold in pecans.
  • Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at
  • 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the

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Maple Tree Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Add
  • syrup; mix well. Spread between layers and over top and sides of
  • cake.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate and peanut butter chips;
  • stir until smooth. Transfer to a pastry or a heavy-duty resealable
  • plastic bag; cut a small hole in the corner of bag. Pipe a tree and
  • branches on top of the cake. Combine dried fruit; sprinkle around
  • tree base and at ends of branches to resemble leaves. Yield: 12
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 604 calories, 18 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 108 mg cholesterol, 315 mg sodium, 103 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.