I've made this cake a couple of times and it is absolutely eye-catching. the cake is moist, the frosting good. It took a little effort to make those bows but it was worth it. The cake looked just like the picture, and people were very impressed. Not a crumb left.
Gift Box Cake
This is a fun cake for the whole family—perfect not only for the holidays, but for year-round celebrations. It's an impressively moist three-layered white cake with a fine crumb texture.
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Bake: 20 Minutes
Stand: 15 Minutes
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup milk
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 6 egg whites
- Powdered Sugar Frosting
- 3 (4.5-oz.) packages chewy fruit rolls by the foot
- 1/3 cup white sparkling sugar or edible glitter
- 8 gingerbread men cookies (3 to 3 1/2 inches tall)
- 1. Beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well.
- 2. Combine 2/3 cup water and milk. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to sugar mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.
- 3. Beat egg whites at high speed until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Pour into 3 greased and floured 8-inch square baking pans.
- 4. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
- 5. Reserve 2 cups Powdered Sugar Frosting.
- 6. Spread 1/2 cup frosting into an 8-inch square on cake plate.
- 7. Spread remaining frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
- 8. Unroll fruit rolls (do not remove paper backing), and brush with water. Sprinkle with sparkling sugar; let stand 15 minutes.
- 9. Cut four (12-inch-long) strips from fruit rolls. Remove paper backing, and arrange on top and sides of cake, pressing gently into frosting, to resemble a ribbon.
- 10. Spoon 1/2 cup reserved frosting onto center of cake, forming a 3-inch mound.
- 11. Cut remaining fruit rolls into 4-inch pieces; remove paper backing. Fold each piece in half, resembling the loop of a bow; press cut ends into frosting mound, creating a large bow on top of cake. Place 2 gingerbread men cookies on each side of cake.
- 12. Spoon 1 1/2 cups reserved frosting into a decorating bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe a border around bottom edge of cake.
- Note: You can also make this cake with 2 (18.25-oz.) packages white cake mix and 4 (16-oz.) containers ready-to-spread frosting. Make the gingerbread men using your favorite recipe or a gingerbread mix, or buy the cookies from your local bakery.
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