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Santa Hat Cake

A delicious and easy to make cake for the holidays. You can do this with one box mix, but you won't have the height.

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  • 2 Boxes Duncan HInes Moist Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 Coffee Mate Italian Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp. almond or cherry flavoring
  • 1 tsp. Wilton Butter Flavoring
  • 1 jar Apricot Preserves
  • 1 jar Orange Preseves
  • 2 Wilton Petal Cake Pans (or 9" round pans)
  • Strawberries
  • Small Marshmallows
  • Toothpicks
  • White Icing
  • Black Writing Icing (for eyes)
  • Red and Green Sprinkles

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Prepare cake pans by spraying with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat cake mixes, eggs, sour cream, creamer, oil, and flavorings until thoroughly blended.
  4. Pour half the batter in each prepared pan.
  5. Bake 1 hour, or until cake tests done.
  6. Freeze overnight for easier handling.
  7. Beat preserves with a mixer, set aside.
  8. Slice each cake into two layers. Fill with apricot/orange mixture, also topping the top of the cake. Using a pastry brush, glaze the sided of the cake.
  9. For the Santa Hats: Pipe white hat rim around each petal corner of the cake. Remove the stem on strawberry, place inside icing rim, pointed end up. Place a toothpick inside marshmallow and than into strawberry. Place in center of icing hat rim. Repeat until all hats are completed.
  10. For the Santa Elves: Remove stem, cut a small slice off the narrow end of the strawberry. Hull out a small piece of strawberry. Pipe white icing in, top with the cut piece of strawberry top. Add eyes and pipe a pom-pom on hat.
  11. Optional: With your hands, gently glaze the strawberries. Add marshmallows around the bottom and holiday colored sprinkles.

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Cheesecake - Prevent Large Cracks

Cheesecake - Prevent Large Cracks

Gently beat the filling after you add the eggs and stir in the remaining ingredients by hand. Vigorous beating will allow too much air which may cause the cheesecake to puff up, then fall and crack. As a test for doneness, if the cake jiggles, return it to the oven for more baking. Inserting a knife for this purpose may cause the knife hole to grow into a large crack. Also, set a minute timer for the exact cooling time recommended in the recipe.

greasing bake pans

greasing bake pans

To have your cakes, loafs and brownies come out of the pan easier and for a cleaner bottom, when preparing greased pans, do the following: 1. Grease and flour the sides only. 2. Lightly grease the bottom of the pan. 3. Line the bottom of the pan with waxed paper (much cheaper than parchment paper). Simply trace out the bottom of the pan on waxed paper with a pencil and cut out. When the cake is slightly cooled, invert and peel off the waxed paper. Perfect each time!

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