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A Real Tree Topper Cake

This tiered cake will be the center of attention on your holiday table! Molded candy ornaments are made ahead of time so the actual cake decorating goes quickly.
Makes: Cake serves 60.
Skill Level: Medium

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Step 1

In advance: Make candy treetop ornament. Using candy colors, tint portions of melted white candy violet and green. For center globe, use mini ball pan to mold 2 violet candy shells; refrigerate until firm, unmold. For top and bottom globes, use candy melting plate as mold; make 4 green candy shells, refrigerate until firm and unmold. Mold 32 candy ornaments using painting method; refrigerate until firm; unmold.

Step 2

Ice 2-layer cakes smooth with buttercream and prepare for stacked construction. Pipe tip 5 bead bottom borders on all cakes. For tip 2 branches on top borders, make a center string stem and add pull-out string needles; continue piping over side of each cake. Assemble treetop ornament. For top of ornament, press in sides of spice drop to lengthen and insert lollipop stick in bottom. To make holes at top and bottom of ornament globes for threading lollipop stick, heat tip of nail portion of flower nail and melt an opening for lollipop stick on globe halves. Make sure the openings line up on each half. Attach globe halves around lollipop stick with melted candy. Insert spice drop on bottom of stick. Leave 4 in. of stick exposed at bottom of ornament. Trim off remaining stick; insert in cake. Cut spice drops in half, flatten and attach on sides of treetop ornament with melted candy.

Step 3

Attach candy ornaments on cake sides with icing.

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Kelly Green Icing Color

3 packages White Candy Melts® Candy

spice drops




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6 x 2 in. Round Pan

8 x 2 in. Round Pan

10 x 2 in. Round Pan

11 3/4 in. Lollipop Sticks

Waxed paper


Adding color details to candies makes them more realistic and much more fun! For large areas of color, it's best to paint the melted candy right in the mold before the whole candy is molded using a decorator brush. Or, for very small details like vines, mouths and messages, melted candy should be piped onto molded candies using a parchment bag with a small hole cut in the tip.

If you're looking for something easy and elegant for desserts or party trays, here's a delicious idea. Serve candy shells filled with fruit, mousse or liqueur! We've made the candies shown here in the Wilton Cordial Cups Mold, but Wilton has many other products that will work beautifully. The procedure is much like that for making filled candy?without sealing the top.

The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.

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A Real Tree Topper Cake is rated 4.1667 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This cake was my first three layer cake and it turned out beautifullly. However, I guess I cheated a bit, I used a cut out sugar cookie (star) for the top of the cake, instead of the ball ornament. I used a candy stick and melted vanilla bark attched to the back of the cookie and inserted it in the top of the cake. It looked great! Thanks for the wonderful ideas Wilton!
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This cake will make a great statement at your holiday party, but it does take a lot of time to create. I love the tiered look and the ornaments and candy add bright colors. It takes time to create the decor on the tiers, but in the end it looks amazing!
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from making the cake w/ the differant cake pans is ok, but getting the balls and the multiple colors just right is the hard part and the greenery, but w/ alittle more pracice i thnk ill get it.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love love this cake. I made only as one tier cake and in center I put Christmas flowers ...came out beautiful.
Date published: 2010-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm going to try this for a holiday party.
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hmmmmm think im gonna have to try this
Date published: 2010-12-05
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