Cranberry Christmas tree cake
DRESSED-UP FOOD —Colorful cranberries can be used to create a homemade centerpiece as a Christmas tree cake. Create with cranberries By AILEEN CLAIRE NEAFood Editor Crimson colorful cranberries cranberries no longer are locked into their companion role as mold or relish to be served with holiday turkey and chicken. Those in the experimental mood discovered that these native berries spice up dips for hot or cold hors d'oeuvres, add special flavor to cakes and make the base for a rich, creamy "float" drink. Especially attractive, the cranberry becomes more so when presented in a homemade centerpiece as a green-and-red Christmas tree cake. More and more of those who enjoy the taste and visual pleasure of dining find this berry extremely versatile. versatile. CRANBERRY CHRISTMAS TREE CAKE 1 package (l8'/2 ounces) yellow cake mix ',2 cup all-purpose flour 4 eggs ',2 cup salad oil 1 cup water Grated rind of 1 orange or 1 tablespoon bottled grated orange rind '/a cup chopped nuts 1 tablespoon rum or brandy flavoring !•> cup cranberry-orange relish or V 2 cup finely chopped fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained 1 can (16 1 -. ounces) vanilla frosting (3'.a ounces) Green food 1 can cocoanut coloring Additional fresh cranberries cranberries for decoration In a bowl, mix cake mix, flour, eggs, oil, water and orange rind until smooth and well blended. Stir in nuts, flavoring and cranberries. Pour mixture into a greased and floured i-'/j quart coneshaped mold. Fill mold to within 1 inch of the top. Some of the batter will remain and this may be baked in muffin pan cups for cupcakes. Bake cake in a preheated 350-degree oven for i hour or until cake feels firm to the touch in the center. Bake cupcakes 25-30 minutes. Cool cake in pan 5 minutes, then unmold onto a cake rack. Cool thoroughly. Place cake on serving platter and spread entire cake with frosting. Place coconut into a bowl and add 4 drops of green food coloring. Rub the coconut and coloring with finger tip until all cocomut is colored green. Press coconut into frosting all over cake. Decorate cake with cranberries. Garnish the bottom of cake with sprigs of fern; if desired. To candy the fresh cranberries, simply dip them into a mixture of sugar and egg whites. Then allow to dry at room temperature. They'll have a frosty look. Makes one cone-shaped cake.