|Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree how |
lovely is your icing
Christmas Tree Cakes - these came about by way of a happy baking accident. Remember those lovely mini Snowball cakes I blogged. Well these unusual Christmas Tree cakes came about when I'd experimented in baking some of the mini cakes in the baking tins but without their paper cases. They were very pyramid in shape and not at all snowball shape as I'd hoped. So what to do with them? They lent themselves to being stacked, so whilst I was playing building cake bricks that's when the Christmas Tree cake idea popped into my head.
Now to transform them into Christmas trees, which of course needed to be green. I'd realised that runny icing (icing sugar and water) would not work to cover them and I did not have any royal icing in the house. However, I did have were a few packets of white sugar paste in the cupboard, and I knew this could be melted back to it's liquid state - although it's not something I had previously done.
What you will need
- mini sponge cakes
- sugar paste
- green gel food colouring
- cocktail sticks
- I used approximately 70g of sugar paste which I heated in the microwave on high, checking every 20 seconds or so. As it softens add a little water to get the right consistency for coating the cakes. Take care the icing can get very warm.
- Add a small amount of Christmas green gel food colouring and mix well.
- Using a fork to hold the cake, dip it into the icing (see photo).
- You may need to pop the icing back into the microwave for a few seconds, to keep it the right consistency.
- Leave the iced cakes to set on a cooling rack.
- Place a cocktail stick in the bottom cake and carefully spear the next cake on top. Depending on how big your cakes are you will probably need another cocktails stick to add the third cake.
- Decorate with a sparkly fondant star.