Christmas Cake Creation

Christmas cake with Merry Christmas in melted chocolate

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This trick can transform a plain store-bought or homemade cake into a beautiful holiday dessert!


  • Tipless piping bags
  • Wax or parchment paper (This is necessary to be able to peel the chocolate decorations off without them breaking)
  • Green melting chocolate (Tip: You can layer two different shades of green for a more realistic effect)
  • Red melting chocolate (or any other color you’d like for the words)
  • White cake pop sticks or pretzel sticks for the tree trunks
  • Store-bought or homemade cake of any size.  (A taller cake works best to fit the trees around the side.)
  • Optional: Holiday sprinkles for tree “ornaments”
  • Optional: White paper with “Merry Christmas” written or printed out in your favorite font to trace over with chocolate. You can also freehand!


  • Start with a plain store-bought or homemade cake with white frosting. 
  • Cover a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. (This is important so the chocolate creations don’t break as you try to peel them up.)
  • Then place the cake pop stick or pretzel stick on top of the wax paper as the “tree trunk.” (This is for trees that stick on the top of the cake. You can also skip this step if you’d prefer not to have a “tree trunk.”)
  • Melt chocolate in the microwave at 20-second intervals and stirring in between. Pour into piping bag and start piping right away so the chocolate doesn’t harden. 
  • Starting at the top of the tree, start drizzling back and forth in rows that get progressively wider. I usually do 2-3 layers so the tree is nice and think. If they are too thin, it’s easier for them to break as you peel them up.
  • If you’d like to add more details, you can layer it with a different shade of green, sprinkles for ornaments (do this while the chocolate is still wet so it sticks), or ornaments piped on with melting chocolate in a different color.
  • Let cool in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before peeling off the wax paper.
  • Decorate the tree as desired

Creating Words or Other Embellishments

  • Place a piece of paper with printed out words underneath the wax or parchment paper. You can also freehand. 
  • Trace with melted chocolate to create a beautiful message. 
  • Repeat as desired for other decorations like snowflakes, swirls, etc.