Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cherry Christmas Wreaths

Here is another cake recipe from the Duncan Hines Bake Shop in a Book, a monthly three ring binder of recipes. This is a treasure trove of delicious and weird. This has several oddities about it - 1. That's piped Cream Cheese, not green frosting. 2. Those cherries are perfectly arranged in rings and would be pretty heavy on a cake. Has to be another way to do this one.

1 package Duncan Hines Pudding Recipe Yellow Cake Mix
2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup milk
Green food coloring
1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. almond extract
Preheat oven to 350F. Mix cake as directed on package. Spread batter in a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 350F for 35 - 40 minutes, or until cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool in pan 25 - 30 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely. Combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and the milk in a small bowl; beat until smooth.
Split the cake into 2 layers. With the cut side up, completely frost each layer separately. Use 1 cup of the cream cheese mixture on each layer, and reserve 1 cup. Add enough green food coloring (10 - 15 drops) (oh boy) to the reserved cream cheese mixture to make it a deep green color. Put it into a decorator's tube and decorate around the edges of the top and bottom (including the center top edge).
Combine pie filling, 1 cup sugar, the cinnamon, and almond extract in a medium bowl. Spoon half the cherry mixture on top of each cake between the 2 green rings.

This is a little crazy. Speaking of which, my toddler and I will head over to the school for the 1st grade holiday party today. I had the teen group one earlier this week which was a blitz of gag gift exchanges, fondue, sugar decorating and knitting instruction. Which party will be crazier?
Finding any time to read? I have a Crimespree column due today, but I started The Plum Pudding Murder by Joanna Fluke last night. I like that series.

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