Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year for baking, and I have been so excited to make this cake. I wanted to create a cake which really showed the spirit of Christmas and what better represents Christmas than a Christmas Tree. So in this weeks video tutorial I show you step by step how I made this Christmas Tree cake which stands at 12 inches tall.
I had so much fun making this cake!
The cake itself is made from 3 – 6 inch vanilla sponge cakes stacked up to give a height of 5 inches. These were then carved into the bottom half of the tree. For the top of the cake I used Rice Crispy treats to make the cone. The reason for this was that rice crispy treats are alot easier to mush together into a point than trying to carve cake, and it adds less weight. I then filled and covered the whole cake in chocolate ganache.
For the branches I used 3 different sizes of peony cutters. These worked perfectly and once I had added some lines to the edges and through the middle they really started to look like Christmas tree branches. Now I will be honest, if you are thinking of making this cake it does take a little while to make all the branches. In total I made 90 split between the three sizes, but when I could see it all coming together it was totally worth the extra time. I especially loved how by drying the branches over some tissue paper to create a little bit of movement it allowed each row of branches just to come away from the tree and really give a nice shape.
The Tree was then covered in edible decorations, including these cute little mini baubles. One of my favourite effects was the snow on the cake board. For this I covered white icing with granulated sugar to look like little heaps of snow, and with the tree on top I loved how this looked.
In the video I show you exactly how I carved and moulded the cake, covered the cone in icing, created the board for it to sit on, added the branches and created all the edible decorations. I really hope you enjoy the video and find it useful if you are looking to make a centrepiece Christmas cake this year.
Tools I used
I have also put a link below to some of the tools I used throughout this video:
Peony Cutters (similar to the one I used): http://amzn.to/2haVo8O
Ball Tool: http://amzn.to/2x2nee0
PME Foam Pads: http://amzn.to/2kV1rn5
Sugarflair Petal Dusts (Apple Green): http://amzn.to/2D72sQI
Modelling tools: http://amzn.to/2iU4CuQ
Edible glue: http://amzn.to/2iYkZXm
Renshaw Emerald Green Icing: https://amzn.to/2QgExGf
Rolling Pin: http://amzn.to/2lkPtA1
Plastic Smoothers: http://amzn.to/2pPcb96
Squires Kitchen Belissimo Flexi Smoothers: http://amzn.to/2DrVWAy
Turn Table: http://amzn.to/2CfVJUl
Also don’t for get to check out my other Christmas tutorials by visiting my Tutorials page!
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