winter forest cake

winter forest cake

I baked so many fancy frosted cakes in the last month, but today I'm craving something more simple but still delicious and special looking. So I just baked this chocolate bundt cake in my favorite bundt pan*. I used my standard recipe but added 50g cocoa powder, 50g sugar und 5 tablespoons of milk. 

chocolate bundt cake
Royal Icing trees

For decoration I made trees out of Royal Icing. For this you need the following ingredients:
- white sugar sprinkles*
- wooden skewers*
- Royal Icing (powdered sugar, meringue powder*, water and food coloring*)  
- Squeezer bottle* with decorative spout (e.g. Wilton No. 2*)
- a flat plate that does not bend and fits in an oven
 
For the Royal Icing I use a simple recipe with 1.5 teaspoons of meringue powder* on 250g icing sugar, some vanilla extract and about 50-100ml water. How much water you really need can only be determined when the icing is mixed and colored. The consistency should be so thick that it does not spread completely. Now you can fill it into a squeezer bottle* with a small round tip. Spread the wooden skewers* on your plate (covered with some parchment paper) and start piping the trees by drawing lines across the skewers until the whole tree is ready. The top of the tree should stop just above the top of the wooden skewer. Spread the sugar sprinkles* on the trees while the icing is still wet. Now dry the trees on the convection setting of your oven without temperature. This way they dry faster and get a nicer shine. When they are completely dry, carefully remove them from the parchment paper and place them on the bundt cake. I decorated this cake with some white remains of the Royal Icing. 
winter forest cake

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