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Stocking Cake

 Stocking Cake
Cut out of a sheet cake, this yummy stocking from our Test Kitchen is easy to create and makes a festive Christmas centerpiece. It's easier to achieve the bright red color if you tint the frosting with pink food coloring first.
14 ServingsPrep: 55 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4-1/2 cups sugar
  • 12 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4-1/2 cups cake flour
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Red paste food coloring
  • FINISHING TOUCHES:
  • Red colored sugar
  • White edible glitter
  • Assorted cookies and candies

Directions

  • Line a greased and floured 18-in. x 12-in. baking pan with waxed
  • paper; grease and flour the paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each

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Stocking Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • addition. Beat in vanilla. Add flour; mix well. Pour into prepared
  • pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk flour and milk until smooth.
  • Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Cover; cool to room temperature.
  • Trace stocking pattern onto waxed paper; cut out. Arrange pattern
  • over cake; with a sharp knife, cut out. Discard scraps. Transfer
  • cake to a covered cake board.
  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in vanilla. Add milk mixture; beat for 10 minutes or until fluffy.
  • Tint 2-1/2 cups frosting red; spread 1-1/2 cups red frosting over
  • stocking portion of cake. Coat sides and top of stocking with red
  • sugar. Spread or pipe white frosting over cuff; pipe remaining red
  • frosting around edge of stocking. Sprinkle cuff with edible glitter.
  • Fill stocking with cookies and candies. Yield: 14 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 684 calories, 41 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 193 mg cholesterol, 318 mg sodium, 75 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 7 g protein.