Have yourself a Merry little christmas, with this Christmas tree cake! It has been what feels like a long time since I blogged (only a week, but Wowsa). I have been EXTREMELY busy with my new at home baking business that I am left with little time to bake for my blog! My hot chocolate bombs are flying off the shelf! So do yourself a favor and make them, they are delish! Thank you Tiktok for this trend!
However, I really wanted to make a cake out of cupcakes and it worked really well with an Xmas tree. It is simple, yet really neat looking. Fifteen vanilla cupcakes piped with festive buttercream frosting to resemble a decorated Xmas tree!
Let me tell you, the kids LOVED this activity and it for sure got me out of making a dreaded Gingerbread house!
Blaser family update!
For all the actually enjoy my writing, it’s time for another Blaser family update! As 2020 winds down and we have all survived the pandemic thus far, we have managed not to kill each other!
My hubby is still working full time as a pharmacist and in the actual COVID unit, but none of us have been knocked down by it yet! He is pretty burnt out!
Sam, my eldest is in school full time (F2F) in 4th grade. He loves that he can still go to school (and so do I) and can’t wait for Xmas. I feel this is the last year he will still believe in the big red guy! Tears!
Norah, my almost 5 yr old is in 4k and loves it now. I say now because she was a hot mess at the beginning of the school year. I was that mom that dreaded dropping her off because she was the kid that would dramatically fall out in front of the class when dropped off. She has adjusted and now can’t stop talking about how great it is! She is for sure ready for Xmas!
Jacob, well he is just Jacob. My almost 3 yr old cry baby mama’s boy that loves everything cars and trucks. He loves being home with me (for the two whole hours) while his sister is at school. He, on the other hand, doesn’t have a clue what the idea of Xmas is yet.
Me, I have been super swamped with baking orders for this season! It is tiring, but truly my passion. I bake all day, and have to muster up enough energy before bed to hide the damn elf! Yup, Herman’s back and giving my panic attacks when we forget to move him at night! Only 15 more days until this nightmare is over!
Until then, back to our regular scheduled blog recipe, a Christmas tree cake!
INgredients for cake and frosting
Tips and tricks for Christmas Tree cake
There is not much that you need to do to put this cupcake cake together, but here are some helpful tips!
- Assemble the cupcakes close enough together, so when you frost it they look like a sheet cake.
- Making an extra batch of frosting is helpful, so you don’t run out with piping and frosting.
- You may have left over cupcakes (recipe mades 24, I only used 15 for the tree) so frost away or save for another day or even cake pops!
- Make sure cupcakes are the same height and and cooled enough before frosting. Making them 1-2 days in advance helps!
How to make a Christmas tree cake
There are not many steps in making a Christmas tree cupcake, so bake away!
- Make Vanilla cupcakes: Line cupcake pans with liners and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the batter and fill each liner about 2/3 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let the cupcakes completely cool before assembling and piping.
- Make festive buttercream frosting: Make frosting and divide the frosting into 4 different bowls. Add desired food coloring to each bowl and place in piping bag fitted with desired tips.
- Assemble Christmas tree cake: Line 15 cupcakes up into the shape of a Christmas tree. Pipe with green frosting. Spread with offset spatula to look like a sheet cake. Add desired ornaments and garland with other frosting (red, blue and yellow). Add on the Christmas blend sprinkles. Pull apart and enjoy!
Enjoy these festive recipes
Christmas Tree cake
- Electric hand mixer
- Stand mixer with paddle attachment
- Two standard cupcake tins
- Cupcake liners
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Piping bag and 3-4 tips
- 1¾ cup cake flour
- 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter cubed at room temperature
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- pinch of salt
- green food coloring
- blue food coloring
- yellow food coloring
- ¼ cup sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line two standard cupcake pans with liners. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together both flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Next, with electric mixer on low add in the cubed butter. Mix until it resembles coarse sand.
- Keeping the mixer on low, add in the eggs one at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed between additions. Slowly, pour in the milk and vanilla extract until combined. Increase speed to medium and mix for two minutes or until the batter is smooth.
- Fill the liners ⅔ full and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in to the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then remove to pipe on frosting.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium for about 2 minutes until smooth. Add in the confectioner's sugar, heavy cream, salt and vanilla and mix until throughly combined or until desired consistency is reached.
- Separate the buttercream into four separate bowls (with the green color being added to the mixing bowl itself). Add in the red, yellow and blue colors to the other bowls. Place each frosting in a piping bag fitted with desired tips to decorate the tree. Pipe on tree and enjoy!
fun fact of the day!
Apparently, Santa didn’t always dress up in red clothes. Coca Cola is the one who dressed him up in red and it just stuck! Who knew!