Snowman Clan

Snowman Clan
Yield: 6 adults and 6 kids Prep 25 mins to 1 hr Bake 350°F 20 mins to 22 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/4 cups sweetened flake coconut
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1/2 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 box (1 pound) confectioners sugar
  • 12 plain doughnut holes
  • 2 3/4 cups sweetened flake coconut, chopped
Decorations:
  • Assorted licorice, tart candies, fruit rollups and pretzel sticks
  • 2 chocolate coating disks
  • 3 cylindrical milk-chocolate-covered caramel candies

Make It

Cakes:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously coat one mini Bundt pan with twelve 2 1/2-inch indentations and one Bundt pan with six 4-inch indentations with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

3. Beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes or until the mixture is fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and coconut extracts. Then beat in the flour mixture alternately with buttermilk in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour; then beat the mixture for 2 minutes. Fold in the coconut. Divide batter into the prepared Bundt pans.

4. Bake in 350 degree F oven for 20 to 22 minutes or until the tops spring back when light touched. Cool the cakes in the pans on wire racks for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the cakes out onto the wire racks and let cool completely.

Frosting:

5. Beat together the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl for 1 minute or until smooth. Beat in vanilla and coconut extracts and salt. Gradually beat in confectioners sugar until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.

6. Place largest cakes, flat side down in palm of hand; spread about 3 tablespoons frosting over top and sides of each. Frost mini cakes. Stack 6 mini cakes on top of 6 larger cakes. Frost doughnut holes. Top all mini cakes, forming six 3-tier adults, and six 2-tier teens. Sprinkle all with a generous coating of coconut.

7. Fashion scarves, belts, hats and earmuffs with licorice, tart candies and fruit rollups. Top chocolate disks with the caramel-chocolate rolls to fashion top hats for the men. Use pretzel minis for arms. Makes: 6 adults and 6 kids.