Ingredients: 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour ¼ cup cornstarch ½ tsp salt 4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground nutmeg 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground cloves 1 cup milk 3 eggs 3 tsp pure vanilla extract ½ tsp rum-flavored extract 1 ½ cups butter, softened 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 2 packs cream cheese, softened 2 cups confectioner's sugar 1 package white fondant green food coloring leaf-shaped cookie cutters
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour your cake pan. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and blend well. In another bowl combine milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and rum extract together. Add 1 cup softened butter to the flour mixture and beat it until it forms a clumpy dough. Gradually add the liquid mixture in, blending it a little at a time until all the liquid has been combined with the flour mixture.
Beat until completely smooth and then add the brown sugar. Mix for another 30 seconds. Scoop batter into the pan and spread it evenly.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.
Once the cake is cool, make the frosting. Combine the cream cheese and remaining butter in a bowl, mixing well. Add the vanilla extract. Stir in the confectioner's sugar and blend it in. Remove the cake from the pan and spread the frosting evenly over the cake. Let the cake and frosting sit for an hour so the frosting gets firm.
Roll out the fondant and knead it into a ball. Add the green food coloring in very small amounts and blend it in until you've got the shade of green you want. Roll the fondant out until it's about 1/8 of an inch thick. Use the leaf-shaped cookie cutter to cut out different sized leaves. If you don't have cookies cutters, use a knife to cut leaf-shaped pieces of fondant. Score lines on them to look like the veins on leaves. Place the leaves on top of the frosted cake and press them into place, making a Green Man design. Roll two small pieces into balls, flatten them down, and put them in to create eyes among the leaves.
Note: Fondant tends to dry out quickly once it's rolled out, so only cut off small pieces.