Sparkling Christmas Trees

Okay, so I know I’m not the only one who isn’t quite ready for Christmas.  If you’re still getting your goodies and sweets together, I have one last DIY project for you today.  It’s incredibly easy and quick but with impressive results.  I did this project from start to finish {including photos and clean up} during nap time on Sunday.  So when I say quick, I mean quick!   Ice cream cones get a coating of shimmering, sanding sugar and… Voilà!  Sparkling Christmas Trees! An elegant decoration for your holiday cakes and cupcakes.  Or simply arrange numerous trees on a cake stand or elegant serving tray for a festive centerpiece.

Christmas_TIce Cream Cone - Sparkling Christmas Trees

Ice Cream Cone - Sparkling Christmas Trees

Ice Cream Cone - Sparkling Christmas Trees

Here’s what you’ll do….

Ice Cream Cone - Sparkling Christmas Trees

Sparkling Christmas Tree Toppers

Tools:
Ice Cream Cones (various sizes)
Candy Melts (white)
Sparkling Sugar / Sanding Sugar / Sugar Pearls

Instructions:

  1. Melt white candy coating in microwave as directed on package.  Stir until smooth.
  2. Dip ice cream cone into melted candy.  {I found it easiest to roll the cone on its side since my bowl was not deep enough to dip straight down.}  Let excess candy drip off.
  3. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, sugar pearls or sprinkles of choice.  {I found it easiest to place the cone onto two fingers to hold, so as to not leave any finger marks}.  Sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle until all areas of the cone are covered.
  4. Set onto parchment or wax paper until hard.  This is a good time to touch up any areas you missed.  They firm up nice and quick and will actually be quite solid once set.  Place on top of a cake or cupcake for super easy decoration!

TIP: Sprinkle the cone over a bowl so that your extra sprinkles go back into the bowl, so you can reuse.  If you use waffle cones, be sure to break a little bit off to even out the bottom, so that the cone will stand up on its own, before coating.

Whether they top off your delectable homemade goodies, pretty up some store bought sweets or provide a Christmas activity for the kiddos… I hope you enjoy these ice cream cone Sparkling Christmas Trees! Up next, the conclusion of our 12 Cakes of Christmas series.  Cake #10 coming soon!

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.

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Comments

  1. 13

    Carrie Sellman says

    CyberKat – you could use regular white chocolate instead of the candy melts. The only advantage to using the candy melts is that you don’t have to mess with tempering the chocolate. But the end result using white chocolate would look the same (and probably taste even more delicious!) Enjoy!

  2. 16

    says

    Oh, my mouth is watering and my teenage sons would love these too. I’m also trying to think of something other than candy metls as not sure we get that in South Africa. Melted chocolate sounds good, but I wonder if white or creamy colored butter icing wouldn’t be okay too – probably messy, but more affordable than chocolate I think. And then perhaps an edible “ornament” at the top of the tree/cone to hold onto while eating the whole thing. This post is certainly inspiring and gets one thinking. Well done and thanks for sharing it.

  3. 19

    Marcia Hedrick says

    Does any one have difficulty finding the waffle cones for the bigger trees?

    Any problems with the cones that aren’t “level” so to speak?

  4. 20

    Jennifer says

    Awesome little idea especially for ontop of cupcake’s, another idea green candy melts and colored sprinkles or a small rock candy like candy for the decorations or colored sparkling sugars/sanding sugars

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