O Christmas Tree Cake
Lauren Jepsen MaceDecorating the Christmas tree is so fun, why not do it twice this year by decorating a Christmas tree cake, too? Though seemingly complex, we assure you this evergreen treat is a cinch to decorate. (And we suspect "chopping it down" will be even easier.)
To make this cake, start with a batch of Fluffy Yellow Cake and one batch of Buttercream Frosting for Decorating. Bake the cake in a 9 by 13-inch pan. (If using store-bought frosting, I recommend Duncan Hines, which has a good consistency. Do not use whipped topping, which tends to droop.)
Gather the following supplies, then get started:
-M&M's, Skittles or other small colorful candies
-1 package fruit tape, such as Fruit by the Foot (preferably strawberry)
-Colorful cake decorating decors, such as Cake Mate's Snowflakes, Hollyberry & Leaves and Christmas Tree Sequins or Betty Crocker's Stars
-Small star-shaped candle, such as Cake Mate's Star Light Party Candles
-Green food coloring (such as Wilton food coloring gel)
-Parchment or wax paper
-Pastry bag with star-shaped cake tip (#21 or #22)
After you've finished checking out this cake, be sure to see our other Christmas desserts, including a whimsical Santa Cake, Gingerbread Men made from cupcakes, and our Classic Christmas dessert recipes. Also see Gail Simmons's Christmas Dessert suggestions. Plus Christmas decorating and craft ideas from Holidash.
Tips: If the cake is mounded or lumpy, slice off the top to even it out before cutting it into the squares. To avoid crumbing, chill cake in the freezer for about an hour before cutting.
Prepare Frosting: Mix 5 to 6 cups frosting with green food coloring.