It's that time of the year where everything starts to feel a little more festive and excitement in the air becomes infectious. So with that in mind I've decided to give 'blogmas' a go. So for the whole of December I'll post something every single day, Christmas themed. And what better to start off with then a Christmas baking post. Introducing, my Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes.
These were a complete and utter experiment. I'd seen christmas tree cookies before and decorated in a similar way, but for some bizarre reason I decided to make a cake version. I think it's because I am historically much better at cakes than cookies... Anyway! They are super simple to make and a real crowd pleaser.
Ingredients for Cake:
- 225g of softened butter
- 225g of caster sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 175g of self-raising flour
- 50g of cocoa powder
- Icing sugar
- Green food colouring
- 100's and 1000's
Now it really is your basic cake recipe. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees, and grease two round cake tins with butter.
Cream together the butter and sugar, I like to do this with an electric whisk as it keeps the cake light and fluffy. Once it's all combined, gradually mix in the eggs, and then sieve the flour and cocoa in. Fold in lightly to keep the air in the mixture. Pour an equal mixture into your two cake tins and cook for around 15-20 minutes.
Once it's cooked, leave it to cool. Once it's cool cut your round cakes into eights - they should be triangular like a tree.
Now you need to mix your icing. Now I didn't do this in measurements, I just chucked in some icing sugar and water until the mixture seemed the right consistency and right taste. Then I mixed in the green food colouring until it was the right level of green.
Now comes the fun bit! You can do this a bit tidier if you fancy, however I just took some of the icing on a spoon and drizzled it diagonally across each triangle. Then sprinkle with your 100's and 1000's. And there you go! You have your trees. You can decorate as you like, but I love the simplicity of these. As I said, super simple to make but looks super cute and Christmassy.
What Christmas bakes should I try next?