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Video: How to make a Christmas Wreath Cake

Colin Starfish at Colin’s Time To Bake shows us how to make a chocolate and whiskey bundt cake decorated with green buttercream and Ready to Roll Icing to look like a Christmas Wreath.

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Skill Level

Easy

Baking ingredients

  • 250 g Butter
  • 300 g Sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 g Plain Flour
  • 50 ml Soured Cream
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder

Decorating ingredients

  • 350 g butter (for the Buttercream)
  • 700 g icing sugar (for the Buttercream)
  • 12 tbsp whisky (for the Buttercream)
  • 2 tbsp milk (for the Buttercream)
  • Lincoln Green Ready to Roll Icing
  • Poppy Red Ready to Roll Icing

Instructions

Baking Instructions:

Step 1

Lets start by pre-heating the oven to 190ºC

Step 2

Take 250g of butter and cream together with 300g of sugar, whisk in 3 eggs and one yolk one at a time. Then add 200g of plain flour and mix in with 50g of cocoa powder. Add in 100g of melted dark chocolate (around 74%) and 50ml of soured cream.

Step 3

Add 3tbsp of whisky.

Step 4

Mix in and then add 1-2 tbsp of milk so you reach a thick cream like consistency. Add in 2 tsp of baking powder.

Step 5

Now take a 23cm bundt tin and grease thoroughly. Then scoop in your mix and even out the top, making it all flat. Cover with tinfoil (if you wish) and bake for 45mins to 1 hr until a knife comes out clean.

Step 6

Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then carefully turn out onto a wire rack.

Decorating Instructions:

Step 7

How to make a Christmas Wreath Cake video: https://youtu.be/zJRc_PAp234

Step 8

Now take some food dye and dye it green. Scoop into a piping bag, with a large star shaped nozzle on the end and leave to one side. If you are keeping it in the fridge, be sure to take it out again to warm up to room temperature before you pipe as it may be too solid to pipe when cold.

Step 9

Now take 250g of green Renshaw icing dust your counter lightly with icing sugar, and roll out flat, around 3mm if not slightly thinner. You will be using this to make some large holly leaves. To make them, you can either use a pre-bought cutter, or do them free hand. With a knife, cut out a leaf shape, around 5-7cm making sure its wide across the middle. Then slice a curved edge in on either side to give the sharp holly prickles. Adjust the top and bottom to neaten up if you need to. Then with the back of the knife point, draw a line down the centre, with two lines coming away from your centre line towards the points. do this top and bottom. It may look a bit crude now, but when it all comes together, it works. Make 24.

Step 10

Now, for your bow, take 250g of red Renshaw icing, dust your counter lightly with icing sugar, and roll into a sausage, then roll flat to 3mm thick into a long flat strip. Take a 30cm ruler and cut a long strip the same width as the ruler. cut the strip in half. Take one half, fold the ends over to meet in the middle, turn over with your join on the bottom and pinch where the join is, flattening where they meet slightly. Cut a small strip from the end of the remaining icing, about 1cm wide and flatten ever so slightly so its longer. Then placing into the flattened middle part of your bow, use this to wrap around to create the knot. Tuck underneath.

Step 11

Take the other half of your strip, and cut in half. Cut out triangles from one end of each of the mini-strips, this will create the ends of your ribbon. Then cut the other end to look slightly tapered. this should look like a basic arrow now. Take the ribbon ends, and place your tapered points underneath where the knot on your bow is, making sure they are coming out at angles away from each other, to look like a finished bow. Finally, with your thumbs, press lightly on either side of the knot of your bow to create creases to look like the ribbon is being cinched slightly. To create a further effect, you can push little balls of left over icing under the edge of the bow to open up the curls.

Step 12

Take a 12"/30cm cake board and cover, using 250g of white Renshaw icing. Dust your counter with icing sugar. Roll it out flat to about 2mm, then lift off and place on the board, stick it down using some water.

Step 13

Take some of your buttercream and spread a circle on the icing. Place your now cooled chocolate cake onto the board and get ready to ice. Take your buttercream, and pipe small 'gems' to the cake, starting from the outside bottom edge and working your way to the top. When you reach 3/4 of the way up, stop. Then go to the inside of your cake, and pipe in the centre, working your way up to the top again. Pipe 'gems' all around the top of the cake to finish off.

Step 14

Now take your holly leaves, and place on the top of your cake in groups of 3 or 4, with them coming together at one end, and spreading out like a star away from each other. Place them everywhere but one end of your cake, this is where the bow will go.

Step 15

take your bow and place gently into the space you have left, making sure the forked ends of the ribbon sit down the side of your cake.

Step 16

Now the finishing touches, take the left over red icing, and make small balls, place these into the centre of where your green icing holly leaves meet to create the berries. If you feel extra fancy, use a cocktail stick on the bow and 1mm from the edge, create small dots, simulating a ribbon edge.

Step 17

Take a real ribbon, and wrap around the base of your cake board (attached with double sided sticky tape)

Step 18

Eat and enjoy!

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