A fun alternative to cookies and candy, this Winter Wonderland Mini Christmas Tree Cake is a stunning and intricate dessert that is sure to impress at your holiday dinner this year. Decorated in white branches and white Sugar Pearls, this mini Christmas cake would compliment any Christmas or New Year's Eve sweet table. Each mini tree serves one guest, so make sure you pipe enough branches to cover all the trees you need. The Silicone Stand Up Mini Tree Mold allows you to make nine mini trees at a time, so this is a great dessert for a small dinner party or family get-together. Though this tree sports elegant white decor, you could easily use green icing and candy to make an evergreen tree and decorate it with colored sprinkles for a completely different look. A fun and simple Christmas cake recipe, this Winter Wonderland Mini Cake is one you'll want to recreate year after year.
Make branches. Make several copies of branch pattern. Place pattern on top of cake board; cover with parchment paper. Prepare royal icing following recipe directions. Use pattern and tip 3 to pipe 360 to 400 branches for each treat. Make extras to allow for breakage. Let dry 24 hours.
1 DAY IN ADVANCE
Bake and cool cakes in 3-D mini tree silicone mold supported by cookie sheet. Prepare buttercream icing following recipe directions. Use spatula to ice cakes smooth. Place cake on plate or foil-wrapped cake circle (cakes cannot be moved once branches are attached). Use tip 3 and white icing to pipe a 1/4 in. mound on top of tree to increase height. Use spatula to smooth.
Attach branches. Use tweezers to attach full-length first row branches 1/2 in. from bottom of tree. Branches should be 1/4 in. apart, with ends 1/2 in. from cake surface. Use tip 3 and white icing to secure branches to tree, if needed. Continue attaching branches around cake.
For second row, trim branches to 3/4 in. Attach branches 1/8 in. above first row, between first row branches. Continue attaching branches 1/4 in. apart around cake. Repeat this step for third, fourth, fifth and sixth rows.
For remaining rows, trim branches to 5/8 in. Attach branches 1/4 in. apart, to cover cake.
HINT: Make a paper template for sizing the branches in each row. Use a full-size branch for first row, a 3/4 in. branch for rows 2 through 6 and a 5/8 in. branch for remaining rows.
Complete tree. Use tip 3 to pipe a ball 3/8 in. dia., on top of tree. Attach white Sugar Pearls to ball. Use tip 3 and royal icing to attach a Sugar Pearl to end of branches.