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Flower Box Cake

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  8 Servings of Cake plus 9 Hyacinths and 6 Tulips
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 package (10-1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
Red and blue liquid food coloring
4 cups Frosted Cheerios
15 leaf-shaped spearmint gumdrops
15 wooden skewers (8 inches)
3 strawberry-flavored Fruit by the Foot rolls
6 large marshmallows
Colored sugar
3/4 cup chocolate frosting
1 loaf (10-3/4 ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed
12 crisp rectangular cookies (about 3 inches x 1-3/4 inches)
Flower Box Cake Recipe at Cooking.com
DIRECTIONS
For hyacinths, combine the butter and marshmallows in a saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until melted. Divide into two large bowls. Stir 2-3 drops each of red and blue food coloring into one bowl; stir 1-2 drops red food coloring into other bowl.


Add 2 cups cereal to each bowl; stir until well coated. Insert one gumdrop on nine skewers. With greased hands, quickly shape about 1/2 cup cereal mixture into a 3- to 4-in.-long hyacinth shape around gumdrop. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Loosely cover and chill for 4 hours or until firm.


For each tulip, cut six 2-1/2-in.-long pieces of fruit roll. With kitchen shears, trim one end of each piece into tulip petal shape. Trim 1/4 in. from each corner of opposite end. With a small pastry brush, lightly brush water on one end of marshmallow; dip in sugar. Lightly brush water on sides and bottom of marshmallow. Gently press a petal onto side of marshmallow so top of petal is 1/2 in. above sugared end (see photo above).


Repeat five times, overlapping the side of each petal by 1/8 in. Fold bottom of petals under marshmallow, overlapping tapered ends. Brush with water if needed to hold petals together. Insert a skewer through petals into center of marshmallow. Insert a gumdrop into the other end of skewer to hold marshmallow in place.


Frost top and sides of cake; place cookies vertically around cake. Just before serving, insert flowers into cake, trimming bottom of skewers to varied lengths.


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Recipe reprinted by permission of Reiman Publications, LLC. © 2002. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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