The 12 Cakes of Christmas is off to a fabulous start! Twelve days of beautifully festive cakes, created especially to inspire you to holiday greatness! Twelve talented bakers were asked to create innovative and elegant designs appropriate for both Christmas parties and winter weddings. And along the way, we get an up close look at what inspires this talented group. It’s 12 bakers baking…. it’s The 12 Cakes of Christmas!
The third cake in our series comes to us from Yeni Monroy and her team at Dream Day Cakes®, located in Gainesville, Florida. You probably remember Yeni from previous features on our site (like this Thing 1 & Thing 2 cake or this robot cake). And I know you you remember her incredible Halloween cake! If there is one thing all of Yeni’s cakes have in common… it’s a whimsical style that is nothing less than magical! And magic is exactly what she has in store for us today! Let’s take a peek at Yeni’s inspiration and then let the swooning begin. It’s The 3rd Cake of Christmas!
And the magic begins! Inspired by one of the most magical events at the most magical place on earth, Yeni certainly works her magic on this cake! Before we jump right into the cake, let’s take a better look at the inspiration picture above. It’s Disney’s Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Now pay close attention to the Christmas tree. The fluffy white garland. The gingerbread men and stocking ornaments. Even the lights. Okay, now we’re ready to see the cake! The whimsical, magical, oh-so-charming cake!
Yes! I completely agree! This cake could not be more incredible! 5 tiers of real cake shaped into an enchanting Christmas tree cake that would have Mickey himself giggling with joy. Layers upon layers of flirty fondant ruffles perfectly flared, providing a cozy resting spot for teeny-tiny ornaments. Cheerful gingerbread men are smiling gleefully while stockings and candy canes add to the merriment. Not to mention the gorgeous star topper… or the lights! The real lights!
Fred from Dream Day Cakes tells us more about the inspiration for this design:
“Yeni loves Christmas. When they wrote “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” they must have had Yeni in mind. From the second the Thanksgiving meal ends, a smile forms on Yeni’s face. From the lights to the decorations, she embodies the spirit of the season like no other.
There are old traditions (like the Christmas Tree), and new traditions… take for example Gingerbread men. Growing up in Colombia, Yeni never had seen an actual Gingerbread man until she came on over the United States. It was love at first sight. She can’t get enough of them. She loves everything about them.
Our family tradition involves a little trip to Walt Disney World to enjoy the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It’s a magical time where we in Florida can enjoy snow, Santa, and a Winter Wonderland.”
Fred from Dream Day Cakes tells us all about the cake itself:
“This Christmas Tree is made from 5 tiers of cake. The cake is elevated using a technique we learned from Chef Courtney Clark of Cake Nouveau (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Underneath the cake are cake truffle gift boxes.
The cake is covered in fondant, colored apple green, and formed (using several techniques) to resemble a tree. The tree was then decorated with edible ornaments in the shape of gingerbread men, stockings, candy canes, and more. The top of the cake features a beautiful edible gold star, accented with scrolls.”
And if this tree wasn’t incredible enough, Fred and Yeni decided it needed an exciting element. A little Christmas to the extreme! 50 feet of cool (yet bright) LED lights surround the cake giving it a true and literal glow….
Oh my glowing gorgeousness! This is one seriously sweet tree that will have you feeling merry and bright! And inspired by the magic of Christmas. I’m with Yeni… there’s nothing like the holiday season. And her cake embodies all of the wonder and glee that Christmas holds. OH MY Christmas tree!
A huge thanks to Yeni and Fred at Dream Day Cakes® for inspiring us with this very merry Christmas Tree Cake!