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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.
Skill Level: None
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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

Making seamless fondant effects and patterns, like stripes and dots, is easy when using the fondant inlay technique. You can make hundreds of combinations using the fondant overlay technique. Try using this technique with alphabet cutters to make monograms for personalized toppers.

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Autumn Leaves Cake is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 15.
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 Very nice!!!! makes me look forward to october
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake last Thanksgiving and it was absolutely beautiful. It did take some time and patience, but the end result was completely worth it!
Date published: 2011-05-13
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 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 4 out of 5 by from This cake took a little bit of time, but was beautiful when finished. My guests raved about it.
Date published: 2010-12-05
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 5 out of 5 by from Although it was time consuming to make all of the different colored leaves, this cake turned out great and was a lot easier than it looked. Everyone loved it!
Date published: 2010-11-30
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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for Thanksgiving. It was a hit everyone loved it. It was so easy and the kids were able to help and they loved it.
Date published: 2010-11-29
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
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