Edible art doesn't have to be messy. Create tasty treats and holiday memories decorating Christmas tree cakes with children. While there are many Christmas cake shapes to choose from -- including stars, snowmen, angels and Santa Claus -- Christmas tree cakes offer a simple design using one icing colour and endless possibilities for personal expression when decorating the tree. Keep it simple and reduce the spread of germs by using miniature tree-shaped pans to make each child an individual cake.
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Things you need
- Miniature Christmas tree cakes
- Small bowls
- White icing
- Green food colour or icing gel
- Zip-style sandwich-size bags
- Spatulas or plastic knives
- Assorted candies and sprinkles such as gumdrops, cinnamon dots, coloured sugars, crushed peppermint, Christmas-shape sprinkles, candy-coated chocolate candies, marshmallows
Bake cake according to the recipe or package directions. Let cake cool completely.
Divide candies and decorating sprinkles into individual bowls. Set aside.
Tint pre-made white icing green. Add two drops of green food colour or icing colour gel and mix. Continue adding one to two drops at a time until desired colour is achieved. Set aside.
Cut a small slit in the corner of each zip-style sandwich bag to create piping bags. Add icing to bags.
Pipe icing onto cake. Spread icing with a spatula or plastic knife. Cover cake completely.
Place assorted candies and sprinkles on iced cake. Offer decorating ideas to the children such as: use a yellow candy on top for the star, sprinkle crushed peppermint for garland or add pretzel sticks along the bottom for the trunk.
Serve cake immediately. Cover cake with cling film or foil if it will be served later in the day. Place cake in an airtight container to preserve for two to three days.
Tips and warnings
- When working with small children, pre-make and pre-measure as many ingredients as possible.
- To smooth the icing, dip spatula or plastic knife in warm water before spreading.
- Keep a wet cloth handy.
- Decorate cakes in a room with a sink nearby.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Do not let children eat any uncooked ingredients, particularly those that contain raw egg.
- Let cakes cool completely before decorating to avoid burns.
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