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Mini Pumpkin Spice Cakes With Orange Glaze

By Sandra Lee, author of Semi-Homemade Desserts

Makes 8
Prep time: 20 minutes,
baking time: 20 minutes,
cooling time: 30 minutes
Chilling time: 10 minutes,
decorating time: 15 minutes

1 box (18.25-ounce) spice cake mix, Betty Crocker SuperMoist®
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs

Orange Glaze:
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 bag (12-ounce) premier white morsels, Nestlé
Red and yellow food coloring

Marzipan Stems and Leaves:
1 package (7-ounce) marzipan, Odense®
Green food coloring

Special Equipment:
Disposable latex gloves, leaf-shaped cookie cutter

Cake Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil and flour 8 mini bundt pans. Combine cake mix, water, oil, and eggs in large bowl. Beat for 2 minutes, or until well blended. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near center of cakes comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on cooling racks for 15 minutes. Invert cakes onto cooling rack and cool completely. Set cooling rack atop baking sheet.

For the Orange Glaze: Heat cream in small saucepan over medium heat until bubbles appear; remove from heat. Add white morsels and stir until melted and smooth. Stir in food colorings, 1 drop at a time, until desired color is achieved. Drizzle glaze over cakes. Refrigerate cakes for 10 minutes, or until glaze is firm. Cover and reserve any remaining glaze.

For the Marzipan Stems and Leaves:
Place marzipan in medium bowl. Using latex gloves, knead food coloring, 1drop at a time, into marzipan until desired color is achieved. Divide marzipan into 2 equal pieces. Roll 1 marzipan piece into 12-inch-long log. Cut log crosswise into 8 equal pieces; set aside to use as stems. Flatten remaining marzipan piece, then place between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Using rolling pin, roll out marzipan to 1/4-inch thickness. Using leaf-shaped cookie cutter or small sharp knife, cut out 24 leaves.

Decorate cakes with marzipan stems and leaves.

Rewarm reserved glaze. Serve cakes, passing glaze alongside.


  Author Sandra Lee is an internationally acclaimed author and lifestyle expert with a devoted following in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Asia, and South Africa. Her signature Semi-Homemade approach to cooking, home decorating, gardening, entertaining, beauty, food, and fashion offers savvy shortcuts and down-to-earth secrets for creating a beautiful, affordable lifestyle. Her first book Semi-Homemade Cooking was a New York Times national best-seller. Sandra has shared her time-saving tips, tricks, and recipes on NBC's Today, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, ABC's The View, and on local news programs around the country. A regular lifestyle contributor to Parade, Sandra has also been featured in such publications as W Magazine, Newsweek, Woman's Day, Redbook, and Readers Digest. She is currently in development for a Semi-Homemade television series. She lives in Los Angeles.


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