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Tree-mendously Generous Mini Cakes


Build a dramatic Christmas tree cake by layering 48 small cakes. Using a firm-textured batter such as pound cake will allow this tower of treats to hold its shape.
Makes: Mini cakes serve 47.
Skill Level: Somewhat Easy

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Step 1

In advance: Make fondant loops and star. Roll out various colors of fondant 1/8 in. thick. For bow loops, cut strips 1/4 x 2 in.; cut 40 loops each in red, blue, green and yellow. Pinch ends together to form loops; let dry on side on cornstarch-dusted board. Cut star from yellow fondant using cutter. Cut 1/8 in. wide yellow strips for star swirl and lines. Shape swirl and attach along with lines using damp brush; let dry.

Step 2

Bake 1-layer cake in 12 x 18 in. Sheet Pan and cool completely on Cooling Grid. Cut cake into 48 2-inch squares with paring knife. Cover squares with melted candy. Follow package directions for melting candy. Place cooled cakes on Cooling Grid positioned over Cookie Sheet or Pan. Pour candy on cakes, spreading to edges with spatula so that candy drips down and covers sides. Let dry.

Step 3

For cake ribbons, roll out various colors of fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut 1/4 in. wide strips to fit across top and sides of cakes; attach with damp brush.

Step 4

Stack cakes in tree shape on serving plate, placing 21 for bottom layer, 14 for second layer, 7 for third layer, 4 for fourth layer, 1 for top layer. Attach loops to packages and lollipop stick to back of star with melted candy. Insert star on top.


During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season if you find yourself short on baking time, it won´t be a problem. Just purchase ready-make pound cakes and cut them down to size.

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Your favorite firm-textured batter cake recipe such as pound cake

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6 in. Lollipop Sticks

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Tree-mendously Generous Mini Cakes is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This took quite a bit of time (or maybe it's because I am such a perfectionist) but we decided (my husband and I) to do different cakes so the presents with the yellow on them were vanilla cake and the ones with the Red icing ribbon on them were chocolate and then the Dark blue was Carrot cake.....so it took some time but it's nice because you get a piece of cake and you can chose the kind of cake that you want.
Date published: 2011-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from To do this tree of packages a person could always use real ribbon if they don't want to attempt the fondant. I recently bought a cake decorating book published in the UK and the person showed detailed steps to do each cake and she used real ribbon on many of her cakes. Guests just need to be told in advance it's not edible. But I would think many would figure this out quickly.
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I work with fondant alot so I covered the cakes in fondant and made the bows of fondant also. I think it is a great beginner project because you wont have the stress of having to cover a larger cake and you have many opportunities to perfect your technique. I find it easier to roll my fondant a little thicker when working with the small cakes.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My daughter is thinking of using this for her birthday. She is going to bring it to her class and give everyone a mini cake. She thinks that it is way cooler than the usual plainly frosted cupcake. She likes how it looks like one cake when it is brought in, and after it is handed out it still looks neat and beautiful.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My daughter has been begging me to make a tree cake for her party. I had my own ideas until I seen this tree! How Awesome! The best part of this cake is, 1. its a tree, 2. you already have pre cut peices of cake and 3. they are presents!! very great idea!! I will definitly make this cake this weekend for practice!
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have just finished this cake. Instead of covering the little cakes in candy, I covered each cake with fondant. The directions were very easy to understand and the picture made it easy to work from. My cake will be auctioned off for a school function. I think it will bring lots of cash!
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I have been trying to think of a nice treat to take to the wonderful folks at my gym, but of course they are all very diet-conscious. This is the perfect solution, because each individual cake is just a tiny little portion-controlled bite!
Date published: 2010-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OMG! This is so cute! I think the hardest thing about this cake is getting the fondant to make the tiny bows. You will need a steady hand and lots of time devoted to making this cake look as great as the picture.
Date published: 2010-11-30
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