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Easy Fondant Christmas Tree & Presents
Heather

Easy Fondant Christmas Tree & Presents

by Heather
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Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree... learn how to make me! This lovely vibrant Christmas tree cake topper complete with colourful presents is sure to stand out from the crowd this season! It's really simple to make and only a few tools are required, so there's no excuse not to give it a go! The tree and gifts are all made from coloured fondant and are completely edible. It's definitely one you'll want to have on your Christmas cake as the centre piece on your dinner table, so read on below and find out how to make it!

you will need...

  • Renshaw Neon Sugarpaste
  • Cake Smoothers
  • Small Star Cutter
  • Mini Accent Cutters
  • PME Ball Modelling Tool
  • Edible Glue
  • Sharp Knife

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you will need...

Renshaws Neon Sugarpaste Colours x 5
Renshaws Neon Sugarpaste Colours x 5
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£4.99
Rounded Cake Smoother & Polisher
Rounded Cake Smoother & Polisher
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£2.99
PME Metal Star Cutter Set x 3
PME Metal Star Cutter Set x 3
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£2.59
Mini Accent Cutter Set
Mini Accent Cutter Set
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£5.75
PME Ball Modelling Tool
PME Ball Modelling Tool
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£4.14
Edible Glue Tube
Edible Glue Tube
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£2.49

instructions

You may want to knead a little gum tragacanth or CMC powder into your sugarpaste before you begin, as this will ensure your toppers dry hard and retain their shape.

Creating The Christmas Tree

1. Take the green fondant out of the packet and knead it thoroughly. Depending on how big you want the tree to be, you probably won't need the whole amount - we've used about 5/6 of a packet. Roll the sugarpaste into a smooth, round ball.

2. Using your hands, roll the sugarpaste into a rough cone shape. This will form the basic shape for your tree.

3. To achieve a perfect conical shape, roll the fondant tree between two cake smoothers. This will give you a lovely sharp point and smooth, straight edges.

Adding The Decorations To The Tree

4. Next take a piece of yellow sugarpaste and roll this out to approximately 1mm thick. Using the smallest cutter from the metal PME star set, cut out two star shapes.

5. Dab a little edible glue on the back of one of the stars, and carefully stick this to the top of the tree. You can then take the second star and stick this to the back of the first one.

6. Making the baubles is really easy - using all of the other colours of sugarpaste (except green), roll tiny pieces of sugarpaste into balls using your fingers.

7. You'll need quite a few baubles to cover the tree and you want these to be a good mix of colours! Once you've made them, take the smallest end of the ball modelling tool and create shallow holes all over the tree, where you want the baubles to sit.

8. Dab inside each hole with a little edible glue and begin to stick the baubles to the tree, one by one. Once you've finished, it's time to make the presents!

Making The Presents

9. A great way to achieve a perfect square present shape is to use the largest cutter from the 'mini accent cutter' set. This is a great little set and is perfect for making really small shapes (ideal for fondant eyes and other fiddly bits!) Take a piece of coloured sugarpaste (any you like) and using the cake smoothers, mould this into a rough cube shape.

10. Dust the sugarpaste and the largest square cutter with a little icing sugar and then cut out a cube.

11. Roll out another piece of sugarpaste (this time a different colour) to approximately 1mm thick. Use a sharp knife to cut out a thin strip of sugarpaste.

12. Lay the strip over the present. Cut out another strip and again, lay this over the present so that the two strips cross over. Trim off any excess sugarpaste using a sharp knife.

13. For the bow, cut out a square shape using the second largest cutter in the 'mini accent' set.

14. Cut the square in half, diagonally, to create two triangles. Taking another tiny piece of sugarpaste (same colour as the strips and triangles), roll this into a smooth ball.

15. Sit the ball on top of the present shape, in the centre. Arrange the triangles so that they sit either side of the ball. You've now made the bow for your present!

16. Create several more presents in different colours and arrange these around the tree.

You've now made a beautiful fondant Christmas tree and presents to sit on top of your Christmas cake! I think that deserves a cup of tea (or a glass of sherry and a mince pie!)

 

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