Yippee! Itâ€™s almost Christmas and itâ€™s Cupcake Belle‘s busiest, yummiest time of the year! When sheâ€™s not making mince pies and her famous Gingerbread Bells for everyone, sheâ€™s whizzing around Cupcake Chalet, trying to invent new recipes for her Secret Recipe Book.
This year, sheâ€™s come up with these delicious Christmas Tree Cakes! Theyâ€™re fun and easy to decorate - so everyone can join in. Hereâ€™s how to make them…
Cupcake Belleâ€™s Christmas Tree CakesFor the Chocolate Cake:
225g unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
4 medium eggs
175g self-raising flour
50g cocoa powder
1 tbsp water
For the Decorations:
50g icing sugar and 2 tsp water
Green food colouring
Smarties or M&Ms
Candy canes or chocolate sticks
2 x 18cm (6in) square cake tins
Greaseproof paper for lining
Electric mixer with large bowl
Bowl and spoon for icing
Plastic food bag and scissors
- Preheat your oven to gas mark 4/180ÂºC/350ÂºF and grease and line your square cake tins.
- Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl. When theyâ€™re light and fluffy, add the eggs, one at a time. Beat the mixture after each egg is added.
- In the same bowl, sift in half your flour and cocoa powder. Fold them in gently with a wooden spoon.
- Sift in the rest of the flour and cocoa and fold those in, too.
- If your mixture feels a bit dry, add up to 1 tbsp of warm water and stir it in.
- Now scoop the mixture out of the bowl, dividing it between the two lined tins. Smooth over the top of the mixture with the back of your spoon.
- Bake for 18 to 25 minutes â€“ theyâ€™re ready when you can stick a knife in the centre of each one and it comes out clean. Let them cool on a wire rack.
- When cool, transfer the cakes to a chopping board and cut them into triangles - make them quite small as theyâ€™ll look cuter!
- Make up a bowl of icing so that itâ€™s not too runny â€“ it shouldnâ€™t dribble off the spoon too easily. Drop in some green food colouring and stir it in well.
- Spoon the icing into a plastic food bag and snip off one of the bottom corners to make a small hole. This will be your piping bag.
- Now pipe zig zags across half of your chocolate triangles to make them look like Christmas trees. Pipe tree outlines on the other half of your chocolate triangles.
- While the icing is still wet, stick on Smarties or M&Ms to look like bright Christmas baubles.
- As an extra-special finishing touch, break candy canes into four sections and stick a section into the bottom edge of a Christmas Tree Cake to look like a tree trunk. You could use chocolate sticks for this instead.
Why donâ€™t you make Christmas Tree Cakes for your local Christmas fair or for a tea party with your friends or family? We hope you have fun making them and enjoy eating these scrumptious treats!