Oh Christmas Tree!
Oh, I used that intro last time.
Wanna see how to make this ridiculously raucous ruffled rarity?
Let me show you my inspiration. I saw this photo of a shirt on Pinterest and it screamed cake to me. (Sorry I do not know the owner of this photo.)
Ok, stop yelling at me. I will!
I wanted to make it a little bit more fun by coloring the batter. How did I do it you ask? Just make two batches of batter and color them with your gel or paste colors. Then just plop blobs of the batter into the pan alternately and randomly. Do not spread it out with a spatula, nor stir or swirl it. That will make the colors mix and give you black cake. Ask me how I know. 🙂 …. Bake as usual.
Then I carved a basic triangular tree shape from the cake and used a leftover piece for the trunk. I decided after the first cuts that the tree was too thin, so I added small strips on each side to make it fatter. You can see the icing seems where I glued those pieces together.
Covered in fondant. You can surely use buttercream if you like.
Now it is time to make the ruffles. Cut a long strip of fondant.
Use white fondant to cut circles for your polka dots.
Attach the fondant to the cake. Just pinch and press the top edge of the fondant ruffle as you go along the width of the cake. Use shortening as your glue and you will love me forever. Trust me on this. No mess. No drippies. No smears. No cuss words. 🙂
I put the polka dots on after the green ruffle was on the cake. It was much easier to do it that way, rather than trying to do it before. Trust me again. I tried it both ways. First way involved some cuss words. 🙂
Red strip of fondant with thinner white strips.
Attach the stripes before you put the ruffle on the cake. Trust me on this too. I tried to add them after the ruffle was applied, and it involved some cuss words. 🙂
Pinch and ruffle as you go along. Use paper towel scraps to prop up your ruffles or they will just droop down flat.
This green ruffle used the PME smocking roller. Don’t even think about doing the impression after the ruffle is on the cake! 🙂
Another white ruffle with bigger red polka dots.
Diagonal white stripes on green ruffle.
Keep it on going all the way up the tree.
I finished mine with a bow on the top. Prop it up with paper towels until fully dry and firm.When everything is fully dry, take all the paper towels out. If you have dryness, cornstarch residue, or just want to refresh the look of the cake, we then do what? I know you know! 🙂
Fondant clay gun squiggles and polka dots to dress up the board.
Let’s see how the inside looks:
I love my little ruffly tree cake. I think the Tshirt would be proud.
What other color combinations do you think would be cute for this cake?
I hope you like it and try it!