We think of this Christmas project as our WORD CLOUD CAKE. You see: We were looking at the word cloud on our blog and noticed how the words and letters come together in such playful ways. So we decided we wanted to try some kind of word cloud-inspired cake. We played around and after a while—with Christmas in mind—we’d spelled out N–O–E–L.
Here’s how it all came together:
We began by making the letters, using a familiar Hello Cupcake technique. We took green spice drops—4 or 5 at a time—and pressed them together. Then we rolled them in one of two colors of green sugar—one lighter and one darker. Then we cut several of each letter out of each color, using alphabet cookie cutters.
We also made a batch of bright green candy clay and cut some letters from that—just for variety.
We decided to make it a cupcake cake because they are so much fun to serve and eat, but you could just as easily bake a 9 x 13 cake and cut it into the tree shape. We took 11 cupcakes, frosted the tops with vanilla frosting, and laid them out on a tray in a tree shape (as shown). Then we placed the letters on the cupcakes in a playful pattern to give it the feeling of a word cloud. Finally we added a few decorative Sixlets in red and gold.
For the tree trunk, we used a Cadbury Flake chocolate bar—because it looks like tree bark. (Of course, if you can’t find a Flake bar, feel free to substitute with another chocolate stick bar like a Kit Kat or a Nutty Bar.)
And there you have it—one sweetly satisfying Christmas tree!
It was so much fun to make. And because we are so into word play, we’re looking forward to making more word cloud-inspired projects in the new year!
Happy Holiday Cupcaking,
Alan and Karen