Makes 14 mini-cakes. Prep: 4 hours. Bake: at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes.

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Holiday Mini-Cakes

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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350°F.

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  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions.

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  • Spoon 1/3 cup batter into each of 14 mini gingerbread boy molds, 4-3/4 x 4-1/4 x 1-1/4-inch. If you have fewer than 14, repeat.

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  • Bake in 350°F oven 15 to 20 minutes, until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Remove cakes from pans to rack to cool.

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  • Prepare Royal Icing. Divide into batches. Tint frosting different colors, leaving one batch white.

To decorate
  • Drummer: Frost cake. Use marshmallow-half for drum, other half for hat; black string licorice for drumsticks; mini-marshmallows for drumstick tips. Pipe on icing for decorations. Place tiny star on hat.

  • Angel: Attach angel wing cookies (from 5-ounce package) to back of cakes with icing. Frost as desired. Pipe on icing for decorations. Use green circle candy with 2 mini red hots for wreath.

  • Snowman: Frost as desired. Pipe icing dots all over snowman for snow. Use 2 licorice coins for crown of hat, chocolate wafer trimmed to 1-1/2 inches for brim. Use trimmed orange jelly candy for nose, and pretzel for broom handle if desired. Pipe on other decorations.

  • Chocolate-Covered Snowman: Pour Chocolate Ganache (recipe follows) over cakes set on rack placed over waxed paper; smooth with spatula. Place red licorice in hand; pipe on stripes with icing. Pipe on icing for other decorations.


Royal Icing

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  • Using meringue powder, prepare 1 recipe Royal Icing according to directions, using 1 tablespoon less water.

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Chocolate Ganache

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  • Combine butter, corn syrup, water, and salt in small microwave-safe bowl. Cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap. Microwave on 100% power 1-1/2 to 2 minutes, to boiling. Stir in chocolate pieces until melted, smooth. (Can be done in saucepan over low heat.)

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