Fall Cake Recipe

Marble Maple Falling Leaves Cake

Calling all maple lovers! This cake is frosted with a creamy maple frosting and easily decorated with fruit and nuts.

45 min. prep time
15 servings
151 Rating



1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package butter recipe yellow cake mix
1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 cup water
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1 (1-ounce) square unsweetened baking chocolate, melted


2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon maple flavoring


Chocolate decorator icing
Sweetened dried cranberries, golden raisins, chopped dried apricots and chopped pecans, as desired
Candy ghosts or owl, if desired


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 13x9-inch cake pan; set aside.

Combine all cake ingredients except melted chocolate in bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Place 1 1/2 cups batter into another bowl. Add melted chocolate; stir until well mixed.

Spread remaining batter evenly into prepared pan; drop spoonfuls of chocolate batter over batter in pan. To marble, swirl chocolate batter with table knife. Bake 28-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Place 1/3 cup butter into bowl; microwave 20-30 seconds or until melted. Add brown sugar; continue microwaving 30-45 seconds or until sugar is dissolved. Add all remaining frosting ingredients to butter mixture; beat at low speed until powdered sugar is moistened. Beat at high speed until creamy and smooth. Frost cooled cake.

Use 1/8-inch round or leaf decorating tip to pipe chocolate icing onto cake in tree-shape. Decorate with dried fruit and nuts for leaves. Add candy ghost or owl, if desired. Refrigerate until serving time.

Recipe Tip

- To make a plain maple cake, omit unsweetened chocolate. Pour all cake batter into prepared pan.

- Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition Facts (1 (serving without decoration))

Calories: 410

Fat: 19g

Cholesterol: 80mg

Sodium: 360mg

Carbohydrates: 57g

Dietary Fiber: g

Protein: 5g

Recipe #14727©2010Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I made this cake for our fall office party. It was wonderful! Very fallish, and everyone there loved it! I will definitely make again!

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