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Autumn Leaves Cake


Autumn Leaves Cake is perfect for a chilly fall afternoon. The cake is flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel. The gorgeous decorations are created with colored fondant and Cut-Out Leaf Cutters.
Makes: Cake serves 16.
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray baking pan with vegetable pan spray.

Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

Step 2

Cut cake into 2 layers. Combine 1/2 cup icing with ice cream topping; spread between cake layers. Lightly ice cake with remaining icing.

Step 3

To Decorate: Roll out and completely cover cake with white fondant. Smooth with palm of hand or Easy Glide Fondant Smoother.

Step 4

Use colored fondants to create leaves: roll out fondant 1/8 inch thick, either directly from the package, combining colors to create new colors or marbling 2 or more colors. Using the largest leaf cutter, cut out 3 or 4 leaves at a time in various colors.

Step 5

Position on cake, attaching with brush dipped in water; smooth edges with fingers, to cover entire cake.

Step 6

For border, roll out colored fondant 1/8 inch thick. Using smallest leaf cutter, cut out leaves in various colors.

Step 7

Attach to bottom of cake using brush dipped in water.

Step 8

Create leaf "veins" using thin ropes of colored fondant or painting them on using Brush-On Color?.

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all-purpose flour

2 cups all-purpose flour

granulated sugar

1 1/3 cups granulated sugar

baking powder

1 ablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

salt

1 teaspoon salt

ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Softened butter

1/3 cup Softened butter

milk

1 cup milk

eggs

2 eggs

caramel ice cream topping

caramel ice cream topping

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Leaf Cut-Outs? ((large, small used))

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9 x 2 in. Round Pan

9 x 2 in. Round Pan

10 in. Cake Circle

10 in. Cake Circle

Using 2 sizes of Cut-Outs? or cookie cutters, Fondant Inlays add a contrasting color shape within a larger cut shape. Try making them directly on your cake!

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Autumn Leaves Cake is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for our family Thanksgiving dinner. It was a hit and I am still hearing about it. It was my first experience working with fondant. I enjoyed mixing in the colors and cutting out all the shapes. My kids even got to help some. I used the cake recipe as well. Everyone enjoyed the taste of it. The more I did on the cake the easier it became. I have a feeling that it will now be a tradition for me to make this cake each year for Thanksgiving.
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Making this cake was a lot of fun. The finished product was colorful and very beautiful. The directions were easy to follow and my cake turned out great. I used several different colors on my leaves, didn't use much brown but more orange. My cake was an 8in by 3in and the size was perfect. I donated this cake to an elementary school for their fall festival and everybody was clamoring for it.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My very time working with homemade fondant was this past September and I made a fall cake. I mixed the colors for the leaves so they came out kinda marble looking but it was very nice. I just covered the cake with leaves. http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/62836_1515058791320_1079947336_1446253_423438_n.jpg
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this for the Family for Thanksgiving 2010. I guess it was good, cause it disappeared. I did not make the same cake flavor, i used a marbled strawberry and chocolate instead. I love the way this fits together like puzzle pieces. Would definitely do it again!This is a nice easy cake for a beginner.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was my first fondant cake I made it for work last Thanksgiving. It was very beautiful when I was done. The hardest part for me was cutting the fondant. Since it was a last minute cake I unfortunately couldn't find a leaf cutter anywhere in town. I cut them by hand so it took twice as long.
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this with Carmel fondant I made from Carmel marshmallows. It was a huge hit at school and turned out really beautiful. I love ideas on wilton and have used them and tweaked them to make them my own for several years.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This cake was somewhat easy to do. Lots of fun mixing in the colors in the fondant and cutting out the leaves. I made it for a harvest party and everybody liked it. I will make another cake for our next harvest party.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I made this cake for Thanksgiving. It was difficult at first, but once I got into a pattern of how to cut the leaves, it went better. Everyone thought it tasted and looked great.
Date published: 2010-11-30
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