Fondant Christmas Tree Cake


Ho Ho Ho and a Verrrrrrry Merry Christmas to you all!

Here is my spectacular Fondant Christmas Tree Cake that will give Rockefeller Center a run for it’s money!

I had a lot of fun with this cake and the making of the decorations.

The royal icing Christmas tree made out of an ice cream cone and the gifts all wrapped with “paper” and bows!

Silver fondant snowflakes and holly berry gumpaste mistletoe to tie it all together!

And that’s just the outside!

Wait until you see how I built this cake!

It is my favorite recipe for Vanilla Sponge Cake with a brandy infused simple syrup and Egg Nog Mousse!

Yes, you heard me~ but I’ll say it again~  Egg Nog Mousse!

I’ve crumb coated my Swiss Buttercream with a dash of nutmeg too!

This is an adult flavored cake for sure, but you can feel free to use any cake you love and the filling is up to you as well!

I have a variety of mousse fillings here at Gretchen’s Bakery to choose from so you will not have a shortage if ideas!

Building on Recipes never tasted do good!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with so please please please share with me on my facebook page!

Merry Christmas and Happy Winter Holidays to everyone!

Now let’s get that egg nog flowing! Yeee Haw!

Fondant Christmas Tree Cake
This is a Building on Recipes project so be sure to get all your recipes prepared ahead of time. In addition to the recipes of cake, filling and icing, you will have to make the decorations in advance too.
I used Gumpaste, Fondant and royal icing for all the decor as shown in the video tutorial.
Feel free to decorate as differently as you wish!
Serves: 1- 8" Cake
  1. Prepare all recipes in advance
  2. Add nutmeg to the buttercream at the last stage of mixing
  3. Add optional brandy to the simple syrup when it is cooled
  4. Color ¾ of the fondant blue for the covering and the remaining will stay white for the "snow cover"
  5. Make the decorations as shown in the video at ;least day ahead to allow time from drying and setting








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  1. Absolutely beautiful! I’m not used to making fondant cakes so I have a few questions. How long in advance Can you make this cake from time of serving? Is the fondant cover on the cake suppose to be dry like the decorations? And does this cake need to be stored in the refrigerator due to the filling? Thanks for your response and I can’t wait to make this. Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi Thanks! Fondant acts as a seal for everything under it, so the cake will stay fresh for days! Even a week! However the filling will determine how long you can store this cake, and several days for the egg nog mousse? No.
      I use Satin Ice because it is a dream to work with and also can be put in the refrigerator at length, many who make their own marshmallow fondant have told me they cannot refrigerate it at all.
      Fondant (at least the Satin Ice brand) will not get “dry” the refrigerator will make it cold, sure…but not dry unless you do store it for a week (which is not ideal of course).
      Best to do it the day before the event.
      Cant wait to see it!

  2. Where can i find the links sor the extruder and snow flake cutters? Love this cake. I made the candles ladt year and it was a huge hit.

  3. Looks terrific, Gretchen! I especially love the tree. I know what you mean about adjusting to warm weather this time of the year. I grew up in NY but have lived in Orlando for 10 years now. I still miss experiencing a cold Christmas season. I hope your wreath is an artificial one — 80 degrees makes for some really unhappy natural pine wreaths. (Learned that the hard way!)

  4. Hi Gretchen. Great job on the Christmas cake! When serving and eating cakes with fondant, do you remove it or leave it on and eat it? Rick

  5. Hi Gretchen, Can i make the trees and freeze them for later use? I want to thank you for your recipes and the way you show me how to build them.

  6. This is really cute, and the decorations look exquisite, yet seems like they will be easy to do. What is the reason for mixing the fondant and gumpaste on some of it? Thanks for everything, my husband may love you as much as I do!

    1. Hi Thanks! a fondant gumpaste mix will give more molding ability since fondant alone is very soft and does not want to be molded or keep its shape once it is molded (you can use straight gumpaste too though)

  7. hi,I am jai ,a baker Ihave seen so many of your vedio and your are really a great chef as well. Don’t underestimate yourself …Beautiful Christmas cake I like it

  8. This cake is gorgeous! Please deliver to NC for Christmas Eve dinner. 🙂 I’m sharing this from your site so my friends and family can also drool. Merry Christmas, Gretchen. Would appreciate relaying my message to your family.

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