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Marble Maple Falling Leaves Cake
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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


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


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.

Read the Story Behind the Recipe

Tip #1

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

Tip #2

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

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