I started this Christmas tree cake by making a rectangle chocolate sponge cake. For the tree I used a sharp knife to cut out the shape. For the tree's tub I used some of the excess cake and using jam to stick it to the bottom of the tree.
Using pre rolled icing I coloured it green and covered the whole cake. For the tree's tub I used brown butter icing. For the star I used yellow icing and molded into a star shape. I then placed it at the tip of the tree.
For the parcels I cut 3 small squares from the remaining leftover cake. I used pre rolled icing and coloured it in red, blue and purple colouring. I covered each parcel with jam to hold the icing on. For the parcel ribbon I used white pre rolled icing and cut two lines for each parcel. I then placed the two lines into a cross.
For the Christmas tree decorations I used a fudge icing pen to draw the string and then Smarties and jelly tots on top. I then used a red icing pen to draw 3 hearts.
I used a small size tree cake pan bought at a Christmas Tree Shop. I had enough batter left over from the Christmas Tree cake for 8 cupcakes.
The batter was simply one box of spice cake mix, one can of pumpkin, and almost one full pumpkin can of water.
The cake baked at 350 for about 30 minutes. After cooling thoroughly, I crumb coated it with green tinted frosting. My frosting consists of confectioner's sugar, shortening, dollop of milk, vanilla extract and almond extract. I didn't measure anything, so can't help you there! I wasn't concerned about the dark vanilla and almond colorings, as the frosting was to be colored anyway.I used Wilton brown food dye for the trunk, otherwise it was generic food color for the rest.
After crumb coating, I used a star tip to decorate most everything.
I used a wide holed tip for the garland, and a ribbon tip for the blue ribbon decorations. Had I made more frosting, I would've added more to the tree.
This Christmas tree cake just has to be the easiest cake to do, but so effective. I made it for the neighborhood Christmas street party.
Firstly, I painted a triangle piece of card green, then decorated the outer edge with golden Christmas tree decoration. The star was just card covered in tin foil.
I made some plain butter cupcakes, (packet mix). Then covered with frosting that I had added yellow food dye too.
Then added some green dye to fondant icing, which I made mini Christmas trees from. I had to draw my own tree template place it over the icing then used a knife to cut into shape, although very time consuming but very effective.
Finally, I added the decorations on the tree using the writing icing tubes brought form supermarkets.
So if like me, you are not very experienced in the cake making and decorating department, this cake looked so effective and yet was so easy.
I made this Towering Christmas Tree Cake for a friend's Christmas party. The base is two 9" square pans filled with butter cream and the tree is one 9", two 6" (one of which carved down to be slightly smaller, a jumbo cupcake and finally a standard cupcake all torted with chocolate ganache.
I cut them into stars and covered them with MMF and stacked them using skewers to support them. The star and "lights" are made out of gumpaste. The lights are handpainted with a alcohol and gel colors mixed with luster dust to give them a shimmery look. It was a definite challenge, but I think it turned out pretty well.