Hello cake makers! Today I am sharing a 3-D Christmas Tree Cake ;) I can’t show you a picture of it, until I share an explanation …
Have you seen the site Cake Wrecks? Well, there is a strong possibility that this cake belongs there. This is what happened … after frosting the cake, there was some frosting leftover … decided to use it up … didn’t realize how unevenly I applied the extra frosting … took photos … still did see what I did … cut the cake and served some … later that night while editing photos … saw my not so handy work! I swear that I am not blind, nor was I consuming alcoholic beverages … guess I was paying more attention to getting the photos taken before the light went away, than what the cake looked like! That’s what happens when I’m in a rush and not wearing my glasses! There was no fixing it … it was cut and consumed! I thought about not sharing this cake at all … then decided what the heck … it’s cake … it’s not perfect and I’m not perfect ;) Do you remember Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree?
Go ahead and laugh if you want … I did! I am not happy about the appearance of my cake, but I love the tree stump, chocolate nutcracker, Santa and rocking horse :)
I made the back side of the cake all white … except for that one red pearl that wasn’t supposed to show in the photo …
So … today is one of those days … I strongly encourage you to do as I say, not as I do!
The concept of creating a 3-d cake was pretty easy …
- Use a yellow cake mix, add the eggs and oil called for on the box, substitute 1 cup buttermilk for the water … add green food coloring … pour batter into greased and floured glass measuring containers …
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Fill a custard cup with 2/3 cups of batter (honestly, I would use a cupcake next time) Bake for 15-20 minutes
- 1-1/2 cups batter in the 2 cup measuring cup. Bake about 30 minutes
- Remaining batter in the 4 cup measuring cup. Bake about 35 minutes
- Remove from oven, cool 10 minutes, remove from glass and let cool completely. Level cakes.
- You will also need a container of white ready-made icing and large marshmallow (I put it on a pretzel stick to secure it in the cake)
- Place the largest cake (cut side down) on the plate.
- I heated the frosting in the microwave for about 20-25 seconds and spread the icing with the back of a spoon. Continue building the cake.
- Now that I look back at my photos, I can see where the problems started. I should have used a cupcake (not custard cup)(it would have been a better size) and marshmallow for the top. What can I say … live and learn ;) You have the benefit of learning from my mistakes!
- Decorate your tree with small candies … I used pearls (from SweetWorks).
- I was very excited about finding this piece of birch tree at Michael’s … it was level, clean and I didn’t have to bug my hubby to cut a piece of wood for me!
- I put some double-sided tape on the wood and placed my finished cake on it. Please note that it’s not secure … the tape just helped the plate not slide around.
- The hubby and Son #3 convinced me to color the cake green … because they believe all Christmas trees should be green.
- I think the cake looked better after it was cut ;)
- Last night, I finally got around to reading Sunday’s newspaper and found a nice Christmas Tree Cake in the Parade Magazine by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. They used an ice cream cone in place of the cupcake and marshmallow … another option!
Thank you to SweetWorks for the pearls and cute christmas chocolates!
So … did you learn from my mistakes? I’m sure that you can make a great looking tree cake! If you make one … please email me a photo at firstname.lastname@example.org … I will share if it’s OK with you :)
I hope you got a good laugh and learned how (or not how) to build a Christmas tree cake. I ♥ your comments!