Easy Christmas Tree Cake Recipe

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Easy Christmas Tree Cake Recipe
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  1. 1 package (about 18 oz.) yellow cake mix
  2. 1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Holiday Candy Coated Bits
  3. 2 cans (16-oz. each) vanilla ready-to-spread frosting
  4. 1 tube (4.25 oz. each) red decorator icing and brown decorator icing
  5. 2 tubes(4.25 oz. each) green decorating icing, divided
  6. 1-2/3 cups(10-oz. pkg.) REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips
  7. 1 tablespoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)
  8. TWIZZLERS PULL 'N' PEEL Cherry Flavored Cand
  1. 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.
  2. 2. Place peanut butter chips and shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until smooth when stirred. Prepare cake mix as directed on package with water, eggs and oil; blend in melted chip mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. 3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely.
  4. 4. Cut cake as directed on diagram. Frost top and sides of Piece A with vanilla frosting; place on large serving plate or tray. Using leaf tip and green decorator icing, make tree branches about 1-1/2 inches long, starting at bottom of tree. Press holiday bits onto top of cake; lightly press into branches.
  5. 4. Frost top and sides of Piece B with brown decorator icing for trunk; attach to bottom of tree. Frost top and sides of Piece C with red decorator icing for pot; attach to bottom of trunk.
  6. 5. Frost other pieces with vanilla frosting for packages. Decorate with strands of Pull 'N' Peel and holiday bits, as desired. 12 to 15 servings.
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