The realistic -- and edible -- poinsettia, made from white chocolate and marzipan, adds dramatic flair.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat three 6-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. Line bottoms with parchment; coat parchment with cooking spray. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Set aside.

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  • Stir boiling water and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside. Sift together flour, spices, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl; set aside.

  • Put butter, sugar, and zest into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed; mix in molasses, liqueur if desired, orange juice, corn syrup, and baking soda mixture. Mix in flour mixture, then eggs and vanilla. Stir in nuts.

  • Divide batter among prepared pans. Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool on racks 15 minutes. Invert to unmold onto racks; remove parchment. Reinvert; let cool completely. Store cakes at room temperature, wrapped well in plastic, up to 1 day.

  • Trim tops of cakes flat. Spread 1/2 cup frosting on cut side of 1 layer. Top with a second layer; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with final layer, cut side down. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides, smoothing with an offset spatula.

  • Place 6 or 7 green chocolate leaves on top of cake in a circle with tips facing out, overhanging sides slightly. Place 12 to 15 pink leaves on top of green leaves, leaving a hole in center. Roll marzipan into six to eight 1/8-inch balls; taper one end of each into a point. Place marzipan buds in center, point side down. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 8 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Reviews (3)

30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: Unrated
10/27/2008
i like the oblong idea, but how do i know how much batter to use? thanks for the help
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10/05/2008
Can anyone help me with the leaves? The web is down. I would appreciate any one's help regarding making the leaves. Thanks
Rating: Unrated
01/17/2008
I remember my mother making 2 and 3 layer cakes. However, I think I will make the cake in an oblong pan, and there should be enough batter for 1 round pan. I can frreeize the round cake for later, and use the oblong cake for guests tonight.
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