This is an entry for Heidi-Mari's Fortnightly Baking Fun Challenge. I had so much fun making them! :) Now, to show you how to make them yourself...
To make 10 Christmas trees and 16 presents, you will need:
275g self-raising flour
225g soft margarine (You can use butter)
4 tablespoons milk
1 level teaspoon of baking powder
225g caster sugar
2-3 drops vanilla essence
4 medium eggs
For the butter icing:
100g soft butter or margarine
500ml (250g) icing sugar, sifted
5 ml vanilla essence
about 20 ml milk, if required
food dyes (any colours you want)
1. Heat the oven to 180C, 350F, gas mark 4, before you start.
2. Method for the cake:
Draw around a tin on greaseproof paper. Cut it out. Wipe oil inside the tin. Put the paper into the tin and oil the paper.
3. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the margarine, milk, baking powder, sugar and vanilla essence.
4. Break the eggs into a small bowl. Beat them with a fork. Add them to the flour mixture. Beat everything together well.
5. Spoon the mixture into the tin. Smooth the top. Bake it in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until the middle is springy.
6. Leave the cake in the tin to cool once cooked. Then lift it out.
7. Cut a strip 7cm (3in) wide from one end of the cake. Cut it into 16 small squares. Cut the cake in half along its length.
8. Cut out ten triangles. Ice them with green icing. Ice the presents with the other icing. Use any type of sweets you want to decorate the presents and trees!
Method for icing:
1. Cream the butter and sifted icing sugar together. Add the remaining ingredients and beaut to a smooth and spreadable consistency. Do not overmix, as it will become runny.
Let the kids help, and enjoy it!
Remember, I am entering this in Heidi-Mari's challenge. If you're up to it, enter too! But if you're not going to enter, votes are appreciated! :)
P.S. For the trunks you can use half a bar-one or any other chocolate bar. :)