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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 4 large eggs
  • 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
  • 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


  • 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 in the 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 604 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 108mg cholesterol, 315mg sodium, 103g carbohydrate (78g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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