Tea Time Treats, Chocolate and Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes Recipe

Tea Time Treats, Chocolate & Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes Recipe

Tea Time Treats, Chocolate & Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes Recipe

Tea Time Treats, Chocolate and

 Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes Recipe

Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes Recipe

Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes Recipe

I have been playing in the kitchen, now and then the urge to make childlike cakes and bakes takes over, and I need to be immersed in piping bags, edible glitter and lovely little cake decorations. There needs to be rich chocolate in the air and fairy gold dust on the table……there must also be exotic spices and warm vanilla fragrances and cake cases must be gold, silver or bright red foil. Noses must be wearing icing sugar and fingers must be laced with lick-able buttercream, it’s an elemental requirement for any Christmas baking. There must  be garish food colourings and boxes of tree decorations to hand, the small edible tree decorations kind that is, not the big snowy spruce trees that I so love to view from my kitchen window. These Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes are frivolous in looks but deliciously spiced and quite grown up in taste, proving the age-old adage to never judge a Christmas Tree cake by it’s sparkly sprinkles, or something like that………

Snow Covered Magical Christmas Tree

Snow Covered Magical Christmas Tree

…….so, whilst I gaze out of my Jack Frost painted window and wonder at the wintry scene outside, as well as admire the snow-covered magical outdoor Christmas spruce trees, I can be munching on spiced chocolate cake with sweet vanilla icing, crunching on stars and little lustred pearls, it’s a pleasurable occupation that I need to immerse myself in now and then. These little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes have lit up many a glum face at my festive table, and they make fabulous gifts too……just pop half a dozen in a box with a suitably bright and brash bow and give them to family and friends – make it a new tradition, that small Christmas trees can be cakes and can be presented in dozens in boxes. (Don’t forget to make a Baker’s Dozen too, so that the thirteenth cake can be devoured by the cook in the kitchen….)

Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes

Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes

These little cakes are my offering for Tea Time Treats this December, which, is a monthly baking challenge run by myself and Kate over at What Kate Baked, where the current challenge has been posted…….and the theme for the festive month is quite sensibly CHOCOLATE! But, cunning she fox that I am, I realise that these little cakes will also fit VERY nicely into TWO more baking and cooking challenges. We Should Cocoa, where the ingredient is Cinnamon this month and is hosted by Choclette, and also One Ingredient, where the ingredient is Ginger and is hosted by Nazima this month with Laura supporting in the wings……hence me killing three challenges with ONE very well dressed cake!

Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes

Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes

I hope you enjoy these little cakes as much as we did, that’s the BIG kids in my family, as well as childish friends too, who suggested I bake a whole Christmas scene…..the recipe, as always, is shared below and please do let me know if you make these, they are delightful little festive morsels, as well as being pretty and also just a little bit kitsch. My Advent Calender window for the 11th of December has been opened, see below..,,….time is certainly rolling on quite rapidly now for the big day, but do try to take time out of a busy day for a cup of something hot with a cake. Bye for now, see you later with MORE festive recipes as well as some handy stand-by recipes to make when time has run away……..Karen

Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes Recipe

Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes Recipe

Day Eleven on the Advent Calender:

11th December:

Gold Star for top of the Christmas Tree

Gold Star for top of the Christmas Tree

Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes Recipe

Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes Recipe

Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes

Serves 12 Christmas Tree Cakes
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Formal Party
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
These delightful little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes will bring a smile to the faces of all who see and eat them! Lightly spiced chocolate cakes are decorated with vanilla buttercream to look like mini Christmas Trees, and are suitably decorated with stars and edible lustred pearls. The cakes can me made ahead of time and then frozen before decorating nearer the time or on the day. These also make wonderful and fun gifts for family and friends - just pop them in a cake box and add a BIG ribbon for BIG smiles!

Ingredients

Buttercream

  • 100 g (4oz) butter or margarine
  • 225 g (8 oz) sieved icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • green food colouring

Decorations

  • edible gold stars
  • edible lustred pearls
  • Edible green or gold glitter

Cakes

  • 100 g (4 oz) butter or margarine (I sometimes use Stork margarine)
  • 200 g (7 oz) caster sugar
  • 50 g (2 oz) dark chocolate
  • 2 medium eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 175 g (6 oz) Self Raising Flour
  • 120 ml (8 tbsp) milk

Note

These delightful little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes will bring a smile to the faces of all who see and eat them! Lightly spiced chocolate cakes are decorated with vanilla buttercream to look like mini Christmas Trees, and are suitably decorated with stars and edible lustred pearls. The cakes can me made ahead of time and then frozen before decorating nearer the time or on the day. These also make wonderful and fun gifts for family and friends - just pop them in a cake box and add a BIG ribbon for BIG smiles!

Directions

Step 1 Heat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease a 12 hole muffin tray or line with paper or foil cases.
Step 2 Cakes: Cream margarine/butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in melted chocolate and eggs.
Step 3 Sieve salt, spices and flour and stir in alternately with the milk.
Step 4 Divide the mixture between the prepared cake/muffin cases and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until well risen and cooked. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the tin before taking out and leaving to go cold on a wire rack before decorating.
Step 5 Buttercream: Cream fat, gradually add icing sugar and cream together, then add the vanilla and colouring.
Step 6 Decorating: Using a piping bag with a large star shape nozzle, pipe the green butter cream on top of the cold cakes as seen in the photos, like a mini tree.
Step 7 Place a gold star on top and sprinkle the pearls over the trees....adding some edible glitter to a final flourish too!
Step 8 Arrange on a cake stand and store excess cakes in an airtight container for up top 4 days.
Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes Recipe

Little Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes Recipe

Ginger

A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree!

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
With dark green needled memories
Of childhood dreams and mysteries
Wrapped present-like in front of me.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
I glimpse a past wherein i see
The child that then grew into me
Not forward fast but haltingly.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
A time for being with family
A time that’s gone so fleetingly
Yet lives for always deep in me.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
When twelfth night comes whole hauntingly
One lingered look and then i see
No Christmas tree where it would be.

A Christmas tree! A Christmas tree!
With feelings now felt longingly
No corner in my house to see
The magic of that Christmas tree.

David Keig

Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes

Spiced Chocolate Christmas Tree Cakes

Comments

  1. says

    Karen, they are so cute, we well make a version this weekend, but maybe less spice, so they can go into school next week and be shared amongst my daughter’s class, I know the girls would just love them.

  2. says

    oh Karen, they are spectacular!… I love that really they are quite simple to make but the christmas tree frosting is genius and make them look so pretty and so sophisticated… well done my darling, they really really are lovely. x

  3. says

    Karen I do love your way over the top cakes that are so fun and cheerful. These have certainly put a smile on my face. And how clever of you to get them into three challenges too. I am honoured that We Should Cocoa is one of them :)

  4. says

    I think Christmas is going to have to stretch well into January, there are so many cakes I’d like to bake, there needs to be more time to fit them all in. These definitely have to go on the list – love the green icing!

    • says

      Thanks Sarah – fun and pretty tasty too…..not bad! I MUST keep off them though, it’s just that I know there are still half a dozen lurking in the pantry! Karen

  5. says

    These are just adorable! I’m not feeling very festive at the moment, but these gorgeous cakes might just be the Christmassy kick I need – thank you!

  6. says

    Oh WOW! These are such beautiful cakes! So festive & absolutely love the green color! Love your presentation & the pictures are so lovely & Christmassy ! :)

  7. Kelly Koya says

    I love the decoration on these, I’ve been hunting for some festive decorating ideas – will def be trying this one!

  8. Mark Whittaker says

    These sound delicious . I have been experimenting with putting a little jrat into my chocolate cake with something other than ginger, I have come close but the best I think I have managed so far is by heating the frosting, rather than putting it into the cake, the sweetness seems to make getting the balance right much easier.

  9. Clare Webb says

    Oh my! It wasn’t a good idea looking at these before starting my diet! They look yummy! Don’t think they’d last long enough to share though!

  10. Sophie Mellish says

    I made cupcakes just like these before christmas, except I just used a hint of vanilla bean paste in the sponge for fussy relatives! Everyone loved them, whether young or old. Such a lovely idea :)

  11. Emma Hicks says

    What a fabulous idea, I have never thought to make cupcakes with a Christmas tree design! One to bookmark for next Christmas, thank you!

  12. Christine Mutter says

    These look devine, Ive just started to improve on my cupcake skills and managed to make pumpkin cupcakes at haloween but didn’t have enough time over xmas, think I’ll give it a go over valentines

  13. says

    Your cupcakes look great I am love cupcakes but my icing skills are not good so always interested to see different ways to decorate them that are not too complicated. In my case simple is always best!

  14. Avvie Cunnington says

    These look amazing! I know its not xmas anymore but think of the designs you could add on these. Love the little spice surprise aswell.

  15. Dee says

    beautiful, i love cup cakes. These look absolutely fab. I dont think i know anyone that doesnt like them. These give me the inspiration to get baking myself.

  16. Beverley says

    Wow! Just – wow! I shall definitely be making these for our second Christmas this February (long story!).

  17. sarah pearce says

    cakes aren’t just for christmas!!!will be trying out these at the weekend with my daughter,she loves this sort of thing.maybe get some hearts instead of stars for valentines!?

  18. Katie Last says

    These look gorgeous. Not usually a fan of cupcakes but these look like something I could get on board with!

  19. Maya Russell says

    Shared with G+. Not only do these cakes look so good, I love the cupcake stand. Trouble is, do I have room in the kitchen for one?

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