Christmas Tree Cake Recipe

Christmas Tree Cake Recipe

An elaborately designed and decorated Christmas tree cake recipe that will be the crowning glory of your dinner table and a grand finale to an elegant Christmas meal.

Christmas Tree Cake Recipe

Serves: 24
Time: 10 min plus 25 baking
Decorate: Depends on skill

Tips:

– Bake the cake 1 day before decorating. Decorate cake up to 3 days before serving. Store loosely covered at room temperature.

– To stabilize the cake, insert wooden skewers in the cake horizontally and vertically. Mark the ends with green M&M’s so you can remove the skewers before serving the cake.

– For star at top of tree, from a large gumdrop, cut a ¼ -in.-thick round slice from base of gumdrop. Using a very small star-shaped cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut star from slice. Dip cut surfaces in sugar.

Pattern:

christmas tree cake pattern

Ingredients:

2 boxes (16 oz each) pound cake mix, prepared as directed on pkg
3 cans (16 oz each) vanilla frosting
16 each starlight mint and red gummy-bear candies, or other candies of your choice
Green and red paste food color
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 bag (12 oz) M&M’s mini baking bits
1 bag (12 oz) regular-size M&M’s
12 red-and-white-striped birthday candles
1 yellow star-shaped gumdrop or 1 large yellow gumdrop (see Note)
2 miniature candy canes
Tiny red and green candy stars

How to:

1. Cakes: Position racks to divide oven in thirds. Heat to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13 x 9-in. baking pan and a 9-in. square cake pan. Line bottoms of both with waxed paper.

2. Spread 4 cups batter in the square pan and remaining batter in the larger pan. Bake 1 pan on each oven rack, switching position of pans halfway through baking, 20 to 25 minutes until a pick inserted near centers of cakes comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Invert onto racks, remove pans and peel off waxed paper. Let cool completely. Turn cakes right side up, cover loosely and let stand in a cool, dry place about 24 hours to firm up.

3. Frost and decorate: Slice rounded tops (humps) off cakes with a long knife until flat. Transfer square cake to a serving platter. Frost sides and top with 1 cup vanilla frosting. Press mints and gummy bears into frosting around sides.

4. Using a ruler and sharp knife, cut the 13 x 9-in. cake along dotted lines as shown in diagram. The large triangle is the tree’s center, the smaller ones are the sides and the narrow pieces at top become gifts to place at base of the tree.

5. Trim bottom edge of large triangle flat. Brush crumbs from cut edges of triangles. Stir green food color into 2¼ cups frosting until desired shade. Stir in confectioners’ sugar to stiffen frosting. Tint ¼ cup frosting red; spoon into a quart-size ziptop bag, seal and set aside.

6. To assemble: Place large triangle upright in the middle of the frosted square cake. Using green frosting as glue, attach smaller triangles on each side. Use remaining green frosting to frost tree from bottom up, flaring frosting outward in 7 places on each edge to make branches.

7. Before frosting sets, press in diagonal lines of yellow mini baking bits for strings of lights and blue and red regular M&M’s for balls. Insert birthday candles. Top with star-shaped gumdrop. Insert candy canes into square cake.

8. Gifts: Cut 1-in. strips of cake into 6 cubes. Frost 5 sides with vanilla frosting; press in tiny stars. Snip tip off corner of bag with red frosting and pipe ribbon on gifts. Place around base of tree. Let all dry 2 to 3 hours, then cover loosely with plastic wrap and store up to 3 days in a cool, dry place.

Courtesy of Woman’s Day

Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage Recipe for Christmas

Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage Recipe for Christmas

Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage Recipe for ChristmasServes: 10
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 1 1/2 hr

Cost Per Serving: 28¢

Planning Tip:
May be made up to 1 day ahead. Refrigerate tightly covered. Reheat in a covered saucepan or in a covered microwave-safe serving dish in microwave.

1 head (about 3 lb) red cabbage
1 cup distilled white vinegar
3/4 cup sugar

1. Cut cabbage in half from top to bottom and cut out core. Cut each half in 3 wedges, then thinly slice (see Tip).

2. Place cabbage, vinegar and sugar in a large, heavy pot. Cover and bring liquid to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 hours or until cabbage is tender. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Tip:
Slicing the cabbage is easily done in a food processor fitted with a slicing disk.

Per serving: 90 cal, 2 g pro, 23 g car, 2 g fiber, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg chol, 12 mg sod

Peacock Christmas Decorating Ideas

Peacock Themed Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas

Blue and Green for Christmas? Why Not?! The trendiest colors in home decorating can be beautifully adapted to the festive holiday decorations. Add a dash of gold, purple, green and some shimmer and you are all set to dazzle your visitors with these peacock Christmas decorating ideas.

Peacock Themed Christmas Tree Decorating

It has to begin with the tree! The Christmas tree being the focal point of all Christmas decorations, will set your peacock theme from where you will find it easier to carry it in the other areas.

Peacock Themed Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas

Use peacock shaped and themed ornaments to create the look. Mix round baubles with teardrop and clusters to create a full-looking tree.


Regal Peacock Lavish Blue and Purple Sequined and Glittered Christmas Ball Ornament


White Peacock Ornaments

Kurt Adler  Gold, Purple and Green Glitter Beads and Cord Ornaments: Ball, Dome and Heart

6.25″ Regal Peacock Blue Beaded and Glittered Minaret with Floral Gem

Glass Peacock Hand Decorated Reflector Ornaments Set of 12

Kurt Adler Peacock Design Glass Ball Ornament

6 December Diamonds Regal Peacock Shatterproof Christmas Ball Ornaments 3.75″

125-Piece Club Pack of Shatterproof Regal Peacock Blue Christmas Ornaments

Peacock Christmas Decorations

For mantles, tables and any other corners where you have space for large decorations, mix peacock feather sprays with large silk flowers in teal and purple mixed with Christmas greenery. The peacock theme is decidedly Asian, so think Rich and Opulent!

Peacock Christmas Decoration Ideas

Always balance with dull, Baroque-style gold decorations to balance off or you might get carried away with the colors.

Use decorations in Peacock colors as well as motifs to complete the look.


Decorative Christmas Trees in Jewel Peacock Tones


Lighted Peacock Feather Branches

 


Regal Peacock Bird Decorations

Outdoor Peacock Christmas Decorations

Take your theme outdoors and create a stunning entryway using lighted peacock Christmas decorations.

Outdoor Peacock Christmas Decoration
4 ft. tall Peacock yard decoration with sparkling LED lights

Beyond Decorations

Take your Christmas celebrations beyond just the decorations and add peacock touches in other places too. We love these dimensional peacock gift tags for all our Christmas gifts!

Peacock Gift Tags for Christmas
Punch Studio Peacock Dimensional Gift Tags

Gingerbread House Construction & Decorating Ideas

Gingerbread House Construction & Decorating Ideas

Let the charm of Gingerbread Houses into your house this Christmas with our easy plans and creative decorating ideas. Before long, you will be tempted to create an entire town of gingerbread houses!

Gingerbread House Construction & Decorating Ideas

Foundation

Cover your work area with a plastic tablecover or waxed paper for easy clean up. If your house will have an outside (lawn, gardens, etc.), use a large heavy-duty piece of cardboard covered in aluminum foil. For smaller versions, use large Styrofoam white plates. Be sure to use basic white frosting to “cement” your house, trees, lampposts, etc. to the base.

Blueprints

You will find plans for one-room house,Victorian house, chapel, country store, log cabin to help you build your gingerbread house. Offer suggestions to the children that a gingerbread house can also be Santa’s Workshop, a reindeer barn, Mrs. Claus’s kitchen, toy shop or even a replica of your own home. If you live in the big city, then why not make an apartment building using a tall milk container and adding lots of windows.

Building Supplies

Bread sticks (logs, rafters and beams), shredded wheat cereal (thatched roofs), wafer cookies (roofing tiles), mini chocolate candy bars (doors, shutters and shingles), Candy Kisses (church bell and roof decorations), lollipops (road sings), jelly beans (fireplace stones), fruit leathers (window shades), ice cream cones (trees), and candy canes with gumdrops (lamp posts) are just some ideas. For a more complete list of building supplies and their uses, click here.

Construction and Finishing Touches

Step by Step instructions are all laid out but remember to let the kids have fun… and enjoy the mistakes because it will cause even more creativity that you would ever have imagined!

General Plans

Dormers, Chimney and Windows

Set-up time: Allow gingerbread structures/frosting to dry overnight so they will be stable.

Landscaping

Flower cake decorations (garden), gumdrops (bushes), brown sugar (walkways and flowerbeds), pretzel sticks (fence posts), nuts (stones) and rock candy (rocks). Click here for details.

Christmas Decorations

Use Life Savers (wreaths), Red Hots and M&M candies (Christmas tree balls), white frosting (snow), powdered sugar (frost), melted hard candies (stained glass windows), colored sprinkles (Christmas lights), Fruit Loop cereal (Christmas railings) and marshmallows (snowmen) are some ideas.

People and Animals

Animal Crackers (add scarf decorations), Graham Cracker Teddy Bears (decorate in Santa suits), buy ready made from your bakery and for homemade, use cookie cutters or trace stencils onto cardstock and use for pattern on the cookie dough. Using a little blob of frosting, the people and animals will stand up on the base or to the sides of the house.

People and Animal Patterns:  Use cookie cutters, cut figures out of coloring books, etc.  Trace pattern onto a sturdy piece of cardboard or poster board and voila, you have patterns!

Place your pattern on Gingerbread dough with a sharp pointy paring knife, bake, cool, decorate.  To stand the figure around the gingerbread house, place it in a blob of thick frosting and voila, its standing!

Have fun and be creative!

BASIC GINGERBREAD RECIPE

ROYAL ICING CEMENT (“not” edible)

ALMOST BUTTERCREAM CEMENT (edible)

FONDANT (to make ornaments)

GINGERBREAD GIFT RECIPES

by Kimberly Lainson of The Party Works
Mary Ann & Kimberly, a mother and daughter team have created their siteshttp://www.thepartyworks.com and http://www.cakeworkscentral.com to provide a treasure trove of free kids birthday parties, baby showers and cake decorating ideas.

Gingerbread House Pattern – Log Cabin

Log Cabin Gingerbread House

Snow Covered Log Cabin Gingerbread House Plan

Welcome Christmas and Winter by building a cozy, tabletop log cabin with gingerbread. This gingerbread house plan requires no blueprints to print and cut, just like a log cabin does not require any. All you need is logs to build this one.

Log Cabin Gingerbread House

1.  Start with a 6-inch log in back, two 2-inch logs in front.  Top with 6-inch logs on sides, letting ends extend.  Continue building using spacers at inner edges of 2-inch logs.

2.  Fourth layer uses 6-inch logs all around.  Add 3 spacers across doorway; then top with 6-inch logs across front and back.

3. Using spacers and 3-1/2 and 2 inch logs, build up gables on front and back of cabin. Place a spacer on top of each gable.

4.  Ice and sugar roof pieces, ice top logs and spacers.  Set roof in place.

 

Pattern

Use the following pattern to cut the roof and if desired, front and back ends.

 

Log Cabin Gingerbread House Pattern

 

Basic Gingerbread & Gingerbread Log Recipes

ROYAL ICING CEMENT
(“not” edible):

ALMOST BUTTERCREAM CEMENT
(edible):

FONDANT
(to make ornaments)

Or if you would rather not bake at all, you can make an even more easier version of the Log Cabin gingerbread house. Try our Rolled Wafer Log Cabin – No Bake ‘Gingerbread’ House.

 

Gingerbread House Pattern – Easy One Room House

Easy One Room Gingerbread House

The most popular and easiest of all Gingerbread House plans is this One Room House. You will require lesser time to bake and assemble it and have more fun time decorating it in any way you like.

Easy One Room Gingerbread House

This classic Gingerbread house can be made with or without a chimney. The blueprint below if for a simple house without the chimney on the roof. If you would like to add a Dormer and a Chimney, follow these instructions.

One Room House - Easy Gingerbread House Blueprint

Once you are done baking and assembling, look up ideas for:

Gingerbread House Construction & Decorating Ideas

Gingerbread House Landscaping Ideas

Gingerbread House 101

Gingerbread House 101 - Recipes, Templates, Decorating Ideas and More

Whether pre-bought from a local bakery or made fresh in your oven, Gingerbread Houses give your children and teenagers the opportunity to transform your home with wonderful aromas and festive decorations that are oh so good enough to eat…. they love being creative and enjoy it all the more when they can eat their art supplies.

Gingerbread House 101 - Recipes, Templates, Decorating Ideas and More

From the very simple designs for those busy moms and dads to challenging blueprints for art projects for those artists among us, we’ve got it all. We’ve also included some gingerbread recipes for holiday gifts, Hanukkah and potlucks…Let the decorating begin!!!

Gingerbread House Basics

Gingerbread Party

Gingerbread House General Construction Plan

Gingerbread House Construction & Decorating Ideas

Gingerbread House Landscaping Ideas

Building Materials for Gingerbread House Making

Gingerbread House – No Bake Alternatives

Gingerbread Recipes

Basic Gingerbread Recipe

Royal Icing Cement (“not” edible)

Almost Buttercream Cement (edible)

Gingerbread Ornaments

Gingerbread Gift Recipes

Gingerbread House Blueprints

One-room house

Victorian house

Chapel

Country store

Log cabin

Dormer & Chimney

Gingerbread House Ideas

Victorian Gingerbread House Decorating Ideas

Rolled Wafer Log Cabin – No Bake ‘Gingerbread’ House