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Maple Tree Cake

Here's a colorful dessert—perfect for fall. A chocolate tree with pretty dried-fruit leaves tops off this maple-flavored cake. —Lorraine Tishmack, Casselton, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavoring
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon red paste food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoon yellow paste food coloring

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Add sour cream and maple flavoring. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to sour cream mixture and mix well. Fold in pecans.
  • Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 minutes. Cool 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. Set aside 2/3 cup frosting for decoration. Spread remaining frosting 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 bag or heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in the corner of bag. Pipe a tree trunk and branches on top of cake.
  • For decorative leaves, divide the reserved frosting between 2 small bowls. Add red food coloring to 1 bowl; stir to combine. Add yellow food coloring to other bowl; stir to combine. Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag; insert #21 star tip. Spoon the frostings alternately into the bag. Pipe frosting on top of cake to resemble leaves of tree.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 475 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 205mg sodium, 90g carbohydrate (72g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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