Winter Wonderland Cake

Author: Canadian Living

  • Portion size 16 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine, March 2002

Ingredients

  • 1 food colouring
  • 4 mini ice-cream cones
  • 4 sugar cones
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 pkg marzipan
  • 1 cup white chocolate graham crackers and nuts (clodhoppers)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt-covered raisin
Cake:
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 4 cups sifted cake and pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Icing:
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 5 cups icing sugar
  • 2/3 cups whipping cream

Method

Cake: Grease 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan; line bottom with waxed paper. In bowl, beat bananas with sour cream until smooth; beat in eggs, then orange rind and vanilla. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt ; beat in butter and half of the banana mixture.

Beat in remaining banana mixture; stir in chocolate chips. Spread in pan; bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Run knife around edges of cake; invert onto rack and peel off paper. Invert onto another rack; let cool.

From top left corner, cut across narrow side to make triangle with 2-inch (5 cm) short side. From top, cut triangle with 1 1/2-inch (4 cm) short side and 4-inch (10 cm) long side. Place cake on tray or cake board. Stand large triangle, cut side down, on cake to form hill. Butt small triangle against hill to form slope.

Icing: In bowl, beat butter until light. Alternately beat in sugar and cream, making 3 additions of sugar and 2 of cream. Remove 1 cup (250 mL); set aside. Spread remaining icing all over cake. Remove 2 tbsp (25 mL) reserved icing; tint blue with food colouring and spread on cake for rink.

Tint remaining icing green. Using piping bag fitted with leaf tip or with knife and starting at bottoms of mini and sugar cones, pipe over cones to form trees. Arrange on and around cake; let dry. Using sieve, dust trees and cake lightly with icing sugar.

Divide and tint marzipan desired colours. Form into balls; attach to make bodies and heads. Form into shapes: arms, legs, noses, scarves, hair, hats, hockey stick, skates; arrange on cake. Surround cake and rink with chocolate-covered crackers and raisins.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 612 mg
  • Protein 9 g
  • Calories 856.0
  • Total fat 46 g
  • Cholesterol 132 mg
  • Saturated fat 27 g
  • Total carbohydrate 112 g

%RDI

  • Iron 30.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 21.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 10.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 29.0
  • Vitamin C 3.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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