Snowman Cake

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Snowman Cake
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  1. 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  2. 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
  3. 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  7. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  8. 3 large eggs
  9. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  10. 1 cup milk
  11. 1/2 cups vanilla frosting
  12. Shredded coconut (optional)
  13. 2 black licorice drops
  14. 1 large orange gumdrop
  15. Red shoestring licorice
  16. Red fruit leather
  17. 3 starlight mints
  18. 3 small gumdrops
  19. 2 sticks chocolate licorice
  1. 1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour two ovenproof glass bowls, one slightly larger than the other. (Note: For our cake, we used one bowl with a 1-liter capacity and 6-inch diameter and the other with a 1 1/2-liter capacity and 7-inch diameter.)
  2. 2. To make the cake, mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Sift the ingredients onto waxed paper and return to the bowl.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl, blend the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. 4. Alternately, add the flour mixture and the milk to the batter in thirds, combining well after each addition. Fill the bowls about two thirds full. Bake the smaller cake for about 50 minutes and the larger cake for about 65 minutes.
  5. 5. When done, the surface will spring back when touched and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean. Cool in the bowls for 10 minutes. Then invert onto a large, rectangular platter (about 17 by 12 inches) so the cakes resemble a snowman. Cool completely.
  6. 6. Ice the cakes with the vanilla frosting, then sprinkle with shredded coconut, if desired. Add licorice drop eyes, insert an orange gumdrop nose and fashion a broad smile with shoestring licorice.
  7. 7. For the scarf, cut two 2-inch-wide strips of fruit leather, notch the ends and wrap around the neck of the snowman. For the buttons, use starlight mints topped with gumdrops. Finish off the snowman with two chocolate licorice arms. Serves 10 to 12.
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