Christmas Tree Pop Cakes
This delicious chocolate cake makes fabulously festive Christmas tree cakes, when cut into wedges and popped onto candy canes.
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To make the Cakes:
- 75 g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
- 100 g butter, softened
- 125 g caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 100 g self-raising flour
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp milk
To make the Icing:
- Tub of buttercream icing
- green food colouring (I like to use paste colouring but you can use liquid)
- pomegranate seeds
- small triangles of fresh orange
- 8 stripey candy canes
1. Pre heat the oven to 180 C (160 C Fan)/350 F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 20cm cake tin with non-stick baking paper and grease the sides.
2. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water until runny. Leave to cool a little.
3. Measure the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl. Whiz using a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the remaining ingredients including the melted chocolate.
4. Spoon into the tin and level the top. Bake for 20-22 minutes until well risen and firm in the middle. Cool on a wire rack.
5. Meanwhile colour three quarters of the buttercream green by adding some of the green food colouring and spread over the cooled cake. Cut the cake into 8 triangles to make tree shapes.
6. Insert the candy cane into the cake wedges to make the trunks.
7. Spoon the remaining icing into a small piping bag and pipe lines across the trees and decorate with the pomegranate seeds and triangles of fresh orange.
8. Finally you can insert a length of candy cane into the base of the tree to from the trunk.