Have some fun with festive baking and make these Christmas Tree Chocolate Cake Pops. They are really easy to make and the kids will absolutely love decorating them! A great way to get into the kitchen with your children this Christmas!
I have to admit that I’m not much of a baker. Although I have no issues with eating cake, I’ve never had much of an aptitude for actually making it and definitely not decorating it! I’m always in awe (and a little bit jealous!) of people who can produce such beautifully decorated cakes and cupcakes but when I saw these Christmas Tree Pops on the BBC Good Food site I thought even a baking novice like me could give them a go!
The cake recipe itself is super simple. It’s a basic chocolate cake all mixed together in one bowl. Because it is so easy, it’s a brilliant recipe to get the kids involved in making. You could even make it the day before and then decorate the next day if you are short on time.
Once the cake is cooked and cooled you need to cut it into 8 triangles (watch the video below to see how simple this is!) and then decorate the top. I decided to do something a bit different from the BBC Good Food recipe and instead of making my own icing I used those small tubes of icing writing to create a criss cross effect across each of the cake pops. We then decorated them with some smarties and some edible silver balls, used a candy cane instead of a cake pop stick and finished with a little dusting of icing sugar.
I had a lot of fun making and decorating these with my daughter and all her friends were delighted when we gave them one. They have a real Christmas novelty effect and would make such a great addition to a Christmas party!
For the full recipe check out the video or written instructions below (and don’t forget to subscribe to my You Tube Channel to stay up to date on all my Christmas videos!). And if you try this recipe please do let me know what you think. Or tag me in a picture on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #myfussyeater. I love seeing all your pictures!
- For the cake:
- 100g unsalted butter at room temp
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 medium eggs
- 100g self raising flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp milk
- For the decoration:
- red and white writing icing
- 2 packets (approx 75g) smarties
- handful of edible silver balls
- 8 candy canes
- icing sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180c / 160c fan. Grease and line a 9 inch round cake pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract with an electric mixer.
- Add the eggs, one at a time and continue to mix.
- Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and mix by hand. Add the milk and mix again.
- Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared tin and flatten with a spoon or spatula.
- Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
- Allow the cake to cook in the tin for a few minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- It’s really important to let the cake cool completely before cutting it so that it won’t crumble. We need it to hold its shape.
- Once the cake is completely cooled cut it into 8 triangles - in half first, then quarters, then eights.
- Turn the cake triangles upside down for flatter surface. Use the writing icing to create a string or tinsel effect and then add a few smarties. Then decorate with a few silver balls.
- Use the end of a teaspoon to make a small hole in the bottom of the christmas tree. Snap off the curved part of the candy cane and insert that into the hole.
- Finally, dust with a little icing sugar.