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Step 1: Cinnamon Chocolate Cake

This is an old family recipe that puts a twist on chocolate cake

Cream 2 cups sugar and 1/2 cup butter
Mix in to the sugar mixture 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, 1tsp real vanilla extract, 3tbsp cocoa powder, and 1tsp baking soda
Next mix in 2 cups flour and 1 cup boiling water half at a time.
Now add 2tsp of cinnamon and bake at 350 for about 30 min
This recipe will fill two 9 inch circle pans

Step 2: Home Made Fondant

I like this recipe because it's really easy

Put a 16oz bag of mini marshmallows and 1tbsp of water into a large micro wave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time stirring in between until marshmallows are completely melted.
Next sift in about a pound of powdered sugar little bits at a time stirring as you go until the mixture is about kneadable. Knead in a little bit more powdered sugar and untill it's pretty much the consistency of dough. Next coat your hands with a good bit of Crisco and continue to knead.
If you want it colored mix in Wilton's gel food coloring while doing the second step.
The decorations are all made out of fondant and I really just eye balled it. The base of the map is just a 13x9 sheet cake and I an extra layer of fondant on top and decorated on it. @amberrayh (also here are more pics)
<p>Wow, that is a really impressive cake! I'd love to see some more pictures of how you did the decorations. Did you use a template for the map?</p>

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