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NordicWare Butter Rum Christmas Tree Cake

1 cupbutter, softened
2 cupssugar
3 cupsflour
1 teaspoonbaking powder
1/2 teaspoonbaking soda
1 teaspoonsalt
1 cupbuttermilk or sour milk
1 1/2 teaspoonsrum extract
1/4 teaspoonnutmeg
4eggs
1 cupdried cherries or chopped dried candied fruit
1/2 cupchopped pecans
Frosting:
3 cupspowdered sugar
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NordicWare Butter Rum Christmas Tree Cake - Ingredients Continued

1/3 cupbutter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoonsrum extract
1 to 3 tablespoonsmilk
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NordicWare Butter Rum Christmas Tree Cake - Equipment List

Bread Knife

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NordicWare Butter Rum Christmas Tree Cake - Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease and lightly flour Christmas tree pan; set aside.

In large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add remaining cake
ingredients except fruit and nuts. Blend on low speed one minute, scraping bowl often.
Beat 3 minutes on medium speed. Fold in fruit and nuts.

Divide batter evenly in half and spoon into prepared pan. Using a spatula, spread
batter out to edges of branches and base of tree. (Note: Batter will be lower in the
center of the tree.)

Mound batter slightly in the "star". Place pan on baking sheet and bake at 325 F for
50-60 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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Cool 10 minutes in pan. Invert onto cooling rack and cool completely. When cool, place
cakes back in pan and use a serrated knife to slice off mounded center, so that the
tops are flat.

Frosting
In medium bowl combine powdered sugar and butter. Stir in rum extract and milk. Beat
until smooth and spreadable. Spread 2/3 of frosting on cut side of one cake. Place cut
side of second cake against frosting to "sandwich" together.

Stand cake upright on serving plate. Use remaining frosting to decorate as desired.

Recipe courtesy of NordicWare.

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