Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Tree Cake




Well I finally put my Christmas tree up, and there's no doubt that it's totally me!  I make a Christmas tree cake every  year for my family, and I just wanted to do it up a little different this time.  I knew I'd be making walnut kiss cookies and peppermint milanos, so I thought it would be sweet if I tied everything together. There's also the my whole world is pink thing that might have been a factor in this project as well!
The tree is layers upon layers of red velvet cake.  I filled it with cookies and cream filling, and frosted it with my Italian meringue buttercream.  To construct the cake, I baked two 10 inch cakes, one 8 inch, one 6 inch, and one 4 inch cake.  After they were baked I popped them all in the freezer over night so they wouldn't fall apart while I was carving the tree shape.  To assemble the cake, I filled and stacked them, and then started shaping it.  I just kind of wing it every year.  Once I get it shaped like a tree I apply a thin crumb coat of buttercream and refrigerate it.  Next I piped on a LOT of buttercream.  I used tip #133, the same one I used for the monster cupcakes.  All the ornaments are made out of fondant.  I used cookie cutters to cut them out and then covered them in silver disco dust.  Instead of topping the tree with a star, I opted for a bow.  I'm glad I did, it really completes the look I was going for.  I also made some more penguin cupcakes in coordinating hats to join the party as well!


While I'm on the subject of penguins, I would like to thank all of you for your kind words on the cupcakes.  I'm so happy you guys love penguins as much as I do!  I also want to thank Raycom Media and reporter Joseph Neese for featuring me in a national news story this week.  If you would like to check it out, you can do so here.  Last I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  I hope you get to enjoy time with your family, relax, and eat lots of dessert!!

28 comments:

  1. This is the most beautiful Christmas tree I saw this year!! Bravo dear, you do an excellent job!! Happy Christmas to you and your family!!

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  2. I love that it is PINK tree. Gorgeous!

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  3. Absolutely STUNNING...you are so talented! Thanks for sharing - I love seeing all of your items on FoodBuzz!

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  4. Congrats on the news story! I love the pink tree, amazing. Also, I do not ever think I would tire of your cute little penguins either. I wish that dessert table was at my house-elegant as well as delicious.
    You know you probably should look into insuring those skilled hands of yours!
    I wish you all the joy and love that this holiday season has to offer. Merry Christmas to your and yours.

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  5. I can't imagine having a family big enough to finish that beautiful Christmas dessert buffet -- actually, that buffet is so pretty I can't even imagine wanting to take a bite out of anything!

    Congrats on your cupcakes and Merry Christmas. :)

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  6. Gorgeous! Another amazing creation! I could stare at your desserts forever...they're all so wonderful. :)

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  7. I am stunned by this, absolutely beautiful, Meghan! The merriest of Christmas wishes to you and your family!

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  8. What a gorgeous table! My kids would absolutely love that!! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  9. Stunning as usual! The tree is terrific and I know how temperamental Italian buttercream can be - bravo! Your penguin cupcakes were terrific and well deserved for Top9! Congratulations and Merry Christmas!

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  10. Absolutely beautiful!

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  11. This is stunning. I wish I had your piping skills. I need to take a class or something. Love pink too so this is right up my alley!

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  12. Meghan-I am in awe of your beautiful creations, as always...but this dreamy-creamy pink delightful tree...takes my breath away! Gorgeous, beyond words!!!
    Wishing you, and yours a Blessed, and Merry Christmas!
    Hugs,

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  13. Everything you bake is just stunning! Thanks for being an inspiration with your talent and spirit this year!!! Merry Christmas, Meghan!

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  14. Seriously, this is just gorgeous! You are so talented! LOVE that dessert table!

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  15. Everything you make is just so beautiful! This is a wonderful Christmas treat :)

    Buzzed!

    And Merry Christmas :)

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  16. Woo-hoo! Great article and a gorgeous, gorgeous spread in these photos. Another winner! Merry Christmas!

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  17. Congrats on the news story! Beautiful cake!

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  18. Holy Wow!!!! I'm bowing down to you right now. I'm in awe, reall I am.

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  19. This is so cute! I love it, and would love to have it in my house! The pink is adorable ;). Hope you had a wonderful Christmas weekend :)!

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  20. OMG your Christmas tree came out gorgeous! Happy Holidays!

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  21. Everything you bake is just amazing!!! This gorgeous tree cake included! Congratulations on the national press, too. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas~

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  22. Indeed a gorgeous Christmas Tree Cake and cupcakes! The colour combinations of soft pink and silver are just brilliant!

    Happy holidays!!

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  23. What stunning holiday treats...hope you had a great Christmas and have an amazing New Year!

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  24. The best part of this post? the PINK! my fav color! :D

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  25. Thanks guys! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!

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  26. OMYGOSH! This is sooo stunning and beautiful, and it looks scrumptious!

    Happy New Year to you, Meghan! I can't wait to see what sweet treats you share with us in 2012 :D

    --shelley

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