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Christmas Trees

Grow a forest of Christmas Trees using ice cream cones as your base. Cut the cone to any size?just dampen to where the base will be and use a scissors or a small paring knife to cut around the cone.
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Step 1
Step 1

Attach pretzel rod inside sugar cone with royal icing. Pipe icing inside of cone and press pretzel into position. You could place the cone, point side down, in a glass to hold until icing is set, about 1 hour. The icing won't be completely dry, so handle carefully when you start to decorate the tree.

Step 2
Step 2

Using Tip 75 with the wide, flat point of tip up with green icing, pipe a row of leaves, starting at the base of the cone. Hold the pretzel rod in your opposite hand and turn slowly as you pipe the leaves.

Step 3
Step 3

Carefully loosen waxed paper from former and lift off icing tree. Remove paper; pipe icing inside tree to secure pretzel rod, let dry completely. Ice Cream Cones may be substituted for the tree former.

You could also make the trees completely on a waxed paper covered board, allowing them to dry and then attach them to the pretzel rods as needed.

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Royal Icing (medium consistency)

Kelly Green Icing Color

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Christmas Trees is rated 4.7297 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I used this technique on a Camping cake i made for my dad for father's day. It was pretty simple, loved the step by step directions. I used the pretzel rod and balanced the cones in a glass to dry. Great technique for beginners. I always seem to get discouraged if i try something too difficult too fast, but this added the perfect touches to the cake and was not too hard to do, everyone was impressed, though after the tree dried in the glass i snapped off the pretzel rod because they were too tall and didnt poke into my rice krispie treat base i was using. Looks nice when the trees are varied heights. Even snapped the top off the cone to make mini trees.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a newbie to cake decorating, and can't find any classes in my area, so I've been learning the old fashioned way... By trying, and messing up a lot! But this really wasn't too hard. I just had a couple of 'tests' to get comfortable, and then my trees came out great! We also used sprinkles and candies on the trees as ornaments... I made the trees, and the kids decorated them. We used them around our gingerbread houses :) Such a fun project!!!
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have been making Christmas trees this way for years, but without the pretzel stick. Just make sure you start at the bottom and work you way to the top. If one leaf does not come out right I use confetti dots or pearls to cover them up. If you see that you hand is getting tired of piping the leaves on leave it go awhile and some back to it. Just make sure that you cover your tip on your bag so that you icing will not dry out.
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great idea for making trees to go with your gingerbread house. It may take you several tries to master the leaf shape but just keep trying and soon your trees will look like a pro did them. I have even cut the cones down to different heights so you have a forest of trees. The whole idea is to have fun and enjoy what you are making and you will enjoy making these trees!!!
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made the Christmas trees last year and had a lot of fun. This year my 9 yr old son made them for a project. It was the talk of the town. If my son can do this anyone can. When I tell people that it was ice cream cone, I see the lights come on their faces. I haven't tried it but you can bake the cones with cake batter inside to make it more stable.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our household usually pumps out at least a 1/2 ginergerbread houses evey holiday season. The trees look great in the "yard" to complete the scene. I like to further this idea and dust icing sugar on top for frost/snow. Add some perils to decorate them as Christmas Trees. The same icing technique can be used to decorate 2 or 3 demensional trees.
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My daughter and I make a gingerbread house every year. This year we made trees using an ice cream cone but I love the pretzel idea. Will definitely try this for the next one. We also added little red balls randomly on the tree and dusted with icing sugar. It looked great (and won us first prize in a gingerbread house contest last week).
Date published: 2010-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I used this tecnique on a camping cake for a birthday party. It is a really neat idea. Be sure not to make your tree too tall. The taller it is the more it my lean and the harder it is to cover the cake. It is easier to atart decorating the tree from the bottom and wrk your way up to the tip of the tree. Great idea. I loved it!
Date published: 2010-12-03
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