I baked a chocolate cake and doubled the mixture so that there was enough to fill the Giant Cupcake mould. She decided that she wanted chocolate fingers around the bottom which I thought was perfect as they would act as the trunk of the tree.
Whilst the cake was baking in the oven I began making the icing decorations for the tree. I made red baubles, simply by rolling red fondant icing into balls of different sizes. I also made a bright yellow star for the top of the cake. This was a little more tricky as I didn't have a star cutter at the time so I had to improvise and use a star-fish and mould the legs into points!
I was very pleased with the candy canes. I began by making thin, small sausage-like shapes out of red and white fondant icing. I had to use a tiny bit of water to make them stick but you pretty much just twist them together.
Then when the colours are twisted together and stick together well roll them slightly and press down to keep the colours combined.
After you have done this just bend the top over to form the candy cane. The beauty of using fondant icing is it wont set straight away so you have time to correct any mistakes.