DIY Candy Cane Forest Cake
"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel."
Elf has always been a holiday staple for me and was my inspiration for decorating this cake.
As most of my recipes, I like to keep things simple. Part of being a modern life Mrs. means you are BUSY. "ain't got time for that" is most likely one of your most used phrases––but I don't want that to deter you from trying new recipes and having fun with food.
Let me start by saying....
I am NOT an advocate for food dyes. I avoid artificial coloring like the plague. So this one did push my moral compass in the wrong direction––so next time I may try to create my own mirror glaze. But for time sake, I did use a store-bought glaze this time around.
I also did not make my own cake this time around for time purposes. I had a friend of mine from Hailey's Sweets and Treats bake a plain white cake for me to decorate. Hailey is so talented so make sure you check out her stuff!
On to decorating!
The first step was covering the cake with the glaze which was SO simple I couldn't even believe it.
Then I put some candy canes in a ziploc bag and smashed them using a hammer. I put them in between a towel to save our countertops! Then I sprinkled them on the top of the cake and put it in the fridge to set the glaze a little bit.
Pipe bottom as desired....
Now onto the forest....
This is my favorite part of the cake and it's SO simple.
Start by melting white chocolate. Be careful not to over heat it because it will start to clump up and harden––and there is no going back from that! While choclate is melting line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Carefully add your chocolate to a piping bag. I waited a minute or so to avoid super runny chocolate. Then start piping your trees onto your parchment paper.
The best part is these do not need to be perfect. They are supposed to look very whimsical and have a cartoon quality. Try to aim for different heights, but otherwise, just DO YOU THANG, honey!!
Let your trees set. Once the chocolate hardens, carefully peel from parchment paper and add to your cake.
The final touch...
I found these candy cane balls at Hobby Lobby over a month ago and had no idea what I was going to use them for...but I needed them. They come on sticks so how pretty much were meant to stick in a cake, if I do say so myself. I stuck them in the stop and BAM! Whimsical Candy Cane Forest Cake.