Marble Maple Falling Leaves Cake
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.

The Story Behind the Recipe
15
servings
45 min
PREP TIME
1 hr 05 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

Cake

1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package butter recipe yellow cake mix

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened

1 cup water

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

1 teaspoon maple extract

1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate, melted

Frosting

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon maple extract

Decorations

Chocolate decorator icing

Sweetened dried cranberries, golden raisins, chopped dried apricots and chopped pecans, as desired

Candy ghosts or owl, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

    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.

  4. STEP 4

    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.

  5. STEP 5

    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.

Tip #1

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

Nutrition

410Calories
19Fat (mg)
80Cholesterol (mg)
360Sodium (mg)
57Carbohydrates (g)
5Protein (g)

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  November 02, 2011

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

— says Jennifer
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