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Who doesn’t like getting a Christmas tree for the holidays? That’s why we created this cake. This Christmas Tree Cake does not only taste delicious but looks beautiful too! We hope you enjoy our recipe as much as we enjoyed making it!

This Christmas Tree Cake will be the centerpiece of your holiday dessert table. It’s easy to make, and it looks like a festive tree! It’s perfect for any occasion – from potlucks to office parties.

Christmas Tree Cake

Christmas is a time of love, joy, and happiness. It’s a time to spend with family and friends. And most importantly—it’s a time for cake! That being said, what better way to celebrate the holiday season than by baking up this festive Christmas tree cake?

Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients for this cake and most of the ingredients you may already have on hand which can save you a trip to the grocery store.

  • boxed white cake mix and all required ingredients
  • powdered sugar
  • butter
  • vanilla
  • milk
  • green food coloring
  • brown food coloring
  • colorful sprinkles

Instructions

This recipe is really quite simple to make. Just follow the instructions below closely, and you’ll have a delicious-looking dessert that will be sure to impress all of your family and friends!

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Step 2: Prepare a 9×13 cake pan by lining it with parchment paper and spraying it with cooking oil.  Set aside.

Step 3: Prepare cake batter according to the box directions.

Step 4: Add green food coloring until desired color is reached.

Step 5: Transfer batter to prepared cake pan.

Step 6: Bake according to box directions.

Step 7: Allow cake to cool completely. Remove cake from pan by lifting the parchment paper.

Step 8: Using a sharp knife, cut cake into a tree shape.

Step 9: Using the part that you cut off, cut out a small rectangle for the trunk of the tree.  Place it under the tree. (If your anything like me, your family will help you quickly eat the remaining cake that you cut away)

Step 10: Prepare frosting by beating powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla together.

Step 11: Add milk until desired consistency is reached. 

Step 12: Separate out a small amount of frosting for the trunk. Add brown food coloring until desired color is reached.

Step 13: Add green food coloring to the remaining frosting until desired color is reached.

Step 14: Frosting tree and trunk with the correct colored frosting. 

Step 15: Using a fork, create marks on the tree to represent pine branches.

Step 16: Add sprinkles to the tree.

Equipment

To make this recipe you need a few kitchen tools. Gather these tools and you enjoy this cake in no time at all.

  • 9×13 baking pan
  • mixing bowls
  • knife
  • mixer
  • knife or piping bag
  • fork

Substitutions

Cake: Instead of using cake mix you can use your favorite homemade cake recipe.

Frosting: Don’t want to make homemade frosting? Two cans of store-bought frosting can be used instead.

Options

Looking for ways to change this Christmas tree cake recipe up? Here are some suggestions.

Different Frosting: You can use green and white frosting or any other color that you prefer. Who said you can’t have a white or pink Christmas tree?

Different Cake: A chocolate cake mix would pair nicely with the colors of this cake. Though, you won’t be able to dye your cake mix green if you use a chocolate cake mix.

These are just a few suggestions, but the possibilities are endless with this recipe. So go ahead and get creative!

Tips:

  • Don’t have sprinkles? Crushed candy canes would be an excellent substitute!
  • If you are having trouble with your frosting looking smooth, try putting it in your refrigerator for a few minutes before applying it to the cake.
  • When creating the marks on the tree, don’t press too hard or the fork will go all the way to the bottom of your cake.
  • The best time to add sprinkles is right after you frost the tree so they stick to the frosting well.

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FAQ

Can I make Christmas Tree Cake ahead?

Yes, this recipe is perfect for preparing ahead. The cake should be made the day before you are going to decorate it. You can also make the frosting in advance to save yourself some time on the big day.

How long will Christmas Tree Cake last?

This cake should last about 4 days if kept in a sealed container at room temperature.

Can I decorate a Christmas Tree Cake with something other than sprinkles?

Yes! You can use any type of decorations that you prefer, such as candy or anything else that may be laying around the house. Just make sure your preferred decoration is food safe.

Christmas Tree Cake

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Yield: 12 Servings

Christmas Tree Cake

Christmas Tree Cake

This Christmas Tree Cake is not only sweet and delicious but it is also festive and fun. This dessert is going to look on the table.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 boxed white cake mix prepared as directed
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • green food coloring
  • brown food coloring
  • colorful sprinkles

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    2. Prepare a 9x13 cake pan by lining it with parchment paper and spraying it with cooking oil.  Set aside.
    3. Prepare cake batter according to the box directions.
    4. Add green food coloring until desired color is reached.
    5. Transfer batter to the prepared cake pan.
    6. Bake according to box directions.
    7. Allow cake to cool completely. Remove cake from pan by lifting the parchment paper.
    8. Using a sharp knife, cut cake into a tree shape.
    9. Using the part that you cut off, cut out a small rectangle for the trunk of the tree.  Place it under the tree. (If your anything like me, your family will help you quickly eat the remaining cake that you cut away)
    10. Prepare frosting by beating powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla together.
    11. Add milk until desired consistency is reached. 
    12. Separate out a small amount of frosting for the trunk. Add brown food coloring until desired color is reached.
    13. Add green food coloring to the remaining frosting until desired color is reached.
    14. Frosting tree and trunk with the correct colored frosting. 
    15. Using a fork, create marks on the tree to represent pine branches.
    16. Add sprinkles to the tree.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 202Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 21mgSodium 83mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 0gSugar 30gProtein 1g

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