Truffula Tree Cake
A cake makes a special day even more special! Have fun baking together and then enjoy your Truffula Tree Cake when you celebrate Earth Day or other special occasions.
What you’ll need:
- your favorite cake recipe
- 1 9-inch round cake pan (greased and lightly floured)
- 1 cupcake pan and 12 paper cupcake liners
- 1 9-inch plate
- ingredients for Truffula Fluff Frosting (see recipe below)
- ingredients for Buttercream Bark (see recipe below)
Make your favorite cake recipe. Divide the batter to fill the 9-inch cake pan and the cupcake pan. Bake according to your recipe. Remove cupcakes from pan to cool on a rack, but let cake cool completely before removing it and placing it on a plate.
While cakes are cooling, start your Buttercream Bark.
If your cupcakes are cool, ice them smooth with the yellow frosting. Using a decorating bag and medium round tip, add zigzag chocolate bark lines to six of your cupcakes across the middle. Set your iced cupcakes aside and get out your double boiler and start your Truffula Fluff Frosting.
Frost your round cake with Truffula Fluff by dropping the frosting in large spoonfuls all around the cake. Use a spoon or spatula to pull up the frosting into interesting peaks to create a Truffula Tuft.
On the table where you plan to display and serve your cake, arrange the cupcakes (tree trunk) under the cake (tree tuft).
Variation: If you make a shorter trunk for your Truffula tree, you can use the other cupcakes to make the Lorax and some of his friends.
The Lorax: Before adding yellow food coloring to your Buttercream Bark, save a spoonful of white icing in a decorating bag with a round tip. When you’ve iced enough cupcakes for your tree, set aside a large spoonful of yellow icing. Add red food coloring to the remaining yellow icing to make orange and use it to frost a cupcake. Put the yellow icing in a decorating bag with a round tip and use it to add a mustache across the middle of the cupcake. Use your chocolate icing to make a nose above the center of the mustache. Add eyes using the white icing you saved, adding pupils with the chocolate. Finish with yellow eyebrows above the eyes.
Brown Barbaloot: Use the chocolate frosting you made for bark lines to cover a cupcake. Press two mini pretzels into the cupcake for ears and frost with chocolate frosting. Add two white eyes the fill in the pupils and other facial details with more chocolate frosting.