Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Chocolate Cake Christmas Trees

Chocolate cake Christmas Trees

I used a large foil roasting pan and cut holes about 2" round in the bottom in alternating rows, leaving 1-2 inches in between the holes. Then I turned it upside down and put cone shaped paper cooler cups in the holes to hold them upright during baking. You want the cups to be in the holes about 2/3 of the way down so they won't tip from being top heavy when pouring in the chocolate cake.

Chocolate Cake ( this is a very thin batter)

1 Cup Butter (2 Sticks) No substitutions.
6 TBS Cocoa ( I use Hershey's special blend with the dutch cocoa mix)
1 Cup Water
2 Cups Sugar
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/ 2 Tsp Salt
2 Cups Flour
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
Boil butter, cocoa and water. Stir in sugar. Remove from heat. Beat. Cool slightly.
Add flour and the rest of the ingredients. Beat.

Pour the batter ( which is very thin) into the cups and bake at 350 degree F. until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. and the cake feels firm to the touch, 25-30 minutes

Let the cakes cool completely in the pan. When cakes are cool place them in the freezer for 3 hours then peel off the paper being careful not to tear off the tip of the tree. . Place cakes on a rack over a sheet pan lined with waxed paper and pour a white chocolate ganache` over them to frost.

White chocolate ganache`

melt 12 ounces of white chocolate or white chocolate chips with 2 cups heavy cream in a double boiler. take out 1 cup and set aside. Color the rest with a few drops of green paste food color. Pour the green ganache` over the trees letting the excess drip off onto the waxed paper. Then put the reserved white chocolate ganache` into a ziplock bag, cut off the tip of the corner and pipe a garland around each tree. Then stick on red hot candies and silver dragees to look like ornaments.

NOTES: You can also frost the trees in white and make green garlands and use M&M's or any kind of candy you desire to decorate your trees. These are great for kids parties, they love 'em!

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