Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas Tree and Wreath Cake

Christmas Cake, Christmas Baking, Cake Decorating Ideas, Plaid Christmas Decorations, Hot Chocolate Bar, Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreath, Christmas Tree Cake, Red Velvet Cake
There's no holiday that I love like Christmas, and no cake that I love to make like a Christmas cake.  This year, I get to make two, one still to come for Christmas week, and this one that I made for a party today.

I'm completely in love with this cake design.  I had envisioned something cozy, festive, and quintessentially Christmasy, like a warm crackling fire, the mantle hung with garland and stockings, and a sparkling tree nearby; this cake perfectly embodies the feeling of a cozy night spent snuggling by the fire, eating popcorn, drinking hot chocolate, and watching Christmas movies...


The vintage plaid thermos was a lucky find last year at a thrift sale, along with a few vintage plaid wool blankets, which were the starting point in making over my Christmas decorating style with lots of warm cozy, rustic touches.  My two-year-old adores playing with the thermos, and pretends he's drinking coffee (which he pronounces "poppee") from it, so he can be like me while I drink my morning cup of coffee.  He also spends a good part of the day rearranging ornaments, trying to eat all the candy canes, and hanging his toys on the tree.  It's so fun to see him enjoying the holiday as he gets older and can be more involved, and I can't wait to see how excited he gets when we decorate cookies, although I'm wondering how I'm going to keep him from eating all the cookies and ending up completely covered in red and green icing...  Cookie decorating will likely need to be followed with a bath.




Christmas Cake, Christmas Baking, Cake Decorating Ideas, Plaid Christmas Decorations, Hot Chocolate Bar, Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreath, Christmas Tree Cake, Red Velvet Cake

Christmas Cake, Christmas Baking, Cake Decorating Ideas, Plaid Christmas Decorations, Hot Chocolate Bar, Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreath, Christmas Tree Cake, Red Velvet Cake

Christmas Cake, Christmas Baking, Cake Decorating Ideas, Plaid Christmas Decorations, Hot Chocolate Bar, Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreath, Christmas Tree Cake, Red Velvet Cake

Christmas Cake, Christmas Baking, Cake Decorating Ideas, Plaid Christmas Decorations, Hot Chocolate Bar, Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreath, Christmas Tree Cake, Red Velvet Cake





There are endless ways you could decorate this cake to add your own personal flair.  At this time of year, Michaels has an extensive assortment of pre-made royal icing Christmas decorations for cakes, cupcakes, and gingerbread houses, cookie and fondant plunger cutters, and silicone molds for making your own chocolate candy decorations.  I piped the wreaths with buttercream and used a bow mold I already had to create the red bows, but you might be able to find pre-made candy bows and wreaths if you're not inclined to make yours.  I found a jar of sprinkles with the red holly berries and green holly leaves which added such a cute touch to my wreaths.

How adorable would tiny edible presents under the tree be? Or even a sugar Santa peeking out from behind the tree?  Oh! A little plate of milk and cookies?





Christmas Cake, Christmas Baking, Cake Decorating Ideas, Plaid Christmas Decorations, Hot Chocolate Bar, Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreath, Christmas Tree Cake, Red Velvet Cake

Christmas Cake, Christmas Baking, Cake Decorating Ideas, Plaid Christmas Decorations, Hot Chocolate Bar, Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreath, Christmas Tree Cake, Red Velvet Cake

Christmas Cake, Christmas Baking, Cake Decorating Ideas, Plaid Christmas Decorations, Hot Chocolate Bar, Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreath, Christmas Tree Cake, Red Velvet Cake

Christmas Cake, Christmas Baking, Cake Decorating Ideas, Plaid Christmas Decorations, Hot Chocolate Bar, Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreath, Christmas Tree Cake, Red Velvet Cake

Christmas Cake, Christmas Baking, Cake Decorating Ideas, Plaid Christmas Decorations, Hot Chocolate Bar, Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreath, Christmas Tree Cake, Red Velvet Cake




Making the Christmas tree cake topper is so simple.  Because I already had them from another project, I used several Pocky sticks for my tree trunk, but you could also use a large pretzel rod, or even a long cake pop stick.  Whatever you're using, set it on a piece of wax paper laid out on a cutting board.  Melt the green chocolate candy coating and use either a piping bag or a spoon to generously drizzle the chocolate back and forth over the stick in the general shape of a tree, leaving enough of the trunk at the bottom to insert into the cake.  Use a spoon or small spatula to spread and swirl the chocolate a bit, until you're happy with the shape of the branches.  Before the chocolate sets, add sprinkles, and then refrigerate until firm.  I made mine fairly large, about 7-8 inches tall and 4 inches wide.

I'm not including a step-by-step photo tutorial (because I have an 8-month-old and a 2-year-old, and could only get this frosted and decorated at night after they went to bed).  But if you have a little experience, then achieving this look should be a snap.  Here's a list of what you'll need:
  • any flavor cake, filled and frosted with white buttercream, then chilled for about 30 minutes before you pipe on the wreaths (I used my recipe for Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting)
  • 1 cup additional buttercream, colored with green gel food coloring (for the wreaths/garland)
  • sprinkles, various colors and sizes (for decorating the tree, wreaths and garland)
  • red chocolate candy coating (for bows)
  • green chocolate candy coating (for the tree)
  • Pocky Sticks, large pretzel rod or even a long cake pop stick (for tree trunk)
  • variety of candy canes and/or soft peppermint candies
  • bow mold for candy coating
  • piping tip #199 for piping the wreaths/garland, or another medium-sized star tip

I'd love to see your creations if you tag me on Instagram!

1 comment :

  1. Absolutely A+
    :):)
    Your hand made decos are perfect Heather..the photo..props..everything!

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