Sledding Party Cake
- Prepare and bake the cake mix according to package directions for 9-inch cake pans. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.
- To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate or tray. Spread about 1/3 cup white frosting over layer. Place the second cake layer on a cutting board with the rounded side up. Using a long serrated knife, start at the center of the cake and cut at an angle toward the edge of the cake to remove a diagonal piece of the cake layer (this will create the "hill"). Lightly dust off crumbs with a pastry brush then place the layer, cut side up, atop the cake on serving plate.
- Frost top and sides of cake layers with some of the remaining white frosting (if frosting clings to crumbs, freeze cake for 30 minutes before frosting; any crumbs that do cling to frosting will be covered with coconut). Lightly press coconut into top and sides of cake. Set about 2 tablespoons white frosting aside. Beat powdered sugar into remaining frosting to get a stiffer consistency, and tint frosting green. Spoon green frosting in to a pastry bag fitted with a leaf tip.
- For trees, use a serrated knife to cut pretzel rods into varying lengths. Using green frosting, pipe leaves onto uncut ends of pretzel rods. (You should make 5 or 6 total trees.) Insert pretzel rods, cut sides down, into one side of the cake.
- Cut fruit leather into 6-inch pieces; roll one end toward the center to resemble a sled (make about 4 sleds). Arrange sleds and cookies on the sloped part of cake so it looks like they're sledding. Use the reserved white frosting to attach the cookies to the sleds.
- Dust trees with powdered sugar so it looks like they've been dusted with snow. Makes 12 to 16 servings.