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Recipe and Design Snowy Chocolate Baby Cakes

Pinecone Gnome Ornaments

What You Need:

Ingredients 1 (18.25-oz.) package devil's food cake mix 1 (16-oz.) container sour cream 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup butter, melted $ 2 large eggs $ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Winter White Glaze Garnishes: red cinnamon candies, fresh mint leaves*

Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat first 6 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer just until dry ingredients are moistened. Increase speed to medium, and beat 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth, stopping to scrape bowl as needed. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured (12-cup) muffin pans. 2. Bake at 350° for 20 to 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes). 3. Arrange cakes upside down on a serving platter. Spoon Winter White Glaze over cakes (about 1 Tbsp. per cake), spreading with a spatula to thoroughly cover cakes. Garnish, if desired. Southern Living, DECEMBER 2008

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Cream-color felt Wooden balls: three 1-inch-diameter and three 3/8-inch-diameter Three 1-1/2- to 2-inch-long pinecones Chenille stem: white Wool roving: light gray and/or curly white wool Hot-glue gun and glue sticks Sewing needle and cream thread

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Cut three felt triangles measuring 3-3/4 inches on each side. Fold each triangle in half; blanket-stitch together long edges to make a hat. Cut three 1/2×6-inch felt strips for scarves and fringe the ends of each strip. Hot-glue a 1-inch-diameter wooden ball to the flattest end of each pinecone to make the gnome head. Hot-glue a 3/8-inch-diameter wooden ball to each 1inch ball for a nose. Cut the chenille stem into three 4-inch lengths; fold one end of each length over slightly. Bend stem at a right angle 1 inch from other end; hot-glue 1-inch angled portion to a head. Fold up a cuff on bottom edge of each hat. Hot-glue hats to the heads over the chenille stems. Wrap and hot-glue a scarf around each gnome's neck (you do not need to tie the scarves). Hot-glue a small piece of wool roving or curly wool to each gnome's cheeks and under the nose, as desired. Bend the hats as desired. Sew a short length of thread to the back of each hat for a hanging loop. Courtesy of Better Homes and