The cornucopia, or horn of plenty, brings to mind a fruitful harvest. It reminds us to be thankful for our family, friends, and all the other blessings that God has given us. Make A Cornucopia Cake to kick off this glorious, bountiful time of year!
- spice cake mix
- 1 cup of water
- 1/3 cup of oil
- 3 eggs
- 16 ounces of powdered sugar (Dixie Crystals provided me with free product as a Holiday Blog Hop sponsor)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 teaspoon maple extract (I thought about adding vanilla extract as well, but one teaspoon of maple extract provided plenty of flavor.)
- fruit slices
- Fruit by the Foot
- Motts Assorted Fruit
- decorator bag and frosting tips
- food coloring
- 1 can of chocolate fudge icing (not pictured- it was added in later)
- I didn’t use the small cookie cutters pictured
Follow the instructions on the cake mix box. First, I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. Then, I mixed the spice cake with the water, oil, and eggs. Afterwards, I poured the cake batter into two greased and floured round cake pans. I used one small round pan and a slightly larger one.
When the cakes are done, pop them in the freezer to cool. Meanwhile, start on the frosting.
Mix the (softened) butter and shortening with the powdered sugar and maple extract.
Add 10 drops of yellow food coloring and one drop of red to make tan. Add a little bit of blue food coloring to make it darker. I used the color of my salt shaker (in the picture on the bottom right) as a guide.
Cut the cake (s) into a cornucopia shape. You can see where I used the smaller cake as a pattern to cut the back of the horn, then two triangle shapes to fill in the missing pieces.
At the last minute, I decided to frost the small round cake with a can of chocolate frosting (not pictured). I wanted the inside of the cornucopia to be darker than the outside.
Use the ribbon frosting tip to pipe a basket-like pattern onto the cornucopia.
Use the star tip to cover the sides of the cake. It’s so much fun to frost a cake!
Cut the fruit slices in half and place them around the rim of the cornucopia. Twirl the Fruit by the Slice pieces and place them around the cake. Scatter Motts Assorted Fruit among the Fruit by the Slice twirls.
You’re all done! I hope you enjoyed Make A Cornucopia Cake.
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