Those vintage ceramic trees from Christmases past inspired this retro bulb-themed cake. To make this incredibly quick and easy, I also used a shaped Christmas tree cake pan.

Ingredients of Retro Christmas Tree Cake

  • Baking spray with flour
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • For the Buttercream:
  • 2 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Orange, red, green, blue, and yellow fondant

How To Make Retro Christmas Tree Cake

  1. Make cake: Coat a Christmas tree–shaped cake pan with baking spray.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated after each addition.
  5. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, just until incorporated.
  6. Spread batter into prepared pan and bake to 30 minutes.
  7. Make frosting and decorate: Beat sugar, butter, and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, to 3 minutes. Beat in milk until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  8. Beat in vanilla.
  9. Frost top and sides of cake.
  10. Shape fondant into Christmas tree.


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