Here is the before picture of how our Flaming Christmas Tree turned out. :-)
The girls had a lot of fun with this cooking project!!
Here it is flaming!!! Everyone thought this was a hit. It flamed for about 30 seconds to a minute and then was ready to eat. All the little sugar cubes were flaming, I just couldn't capture them all on the picture for some reason.
Here are the directions...
Flaming Ornaments Christmas Tree Cake
1 – 9” x 13” sheet cake
1 cake board to display cake
green cake frosting
cake knife for spreading frosting
small amount of red and blue frosting
small bottle of peppermint extract
Place the sheet cake onto the cake board. Place a simple Christmas tree pattern on top of your cake and carefully cut away the surrounding cake. Be careful not to damage the large cut-away pieces because you are going to use them later.
Carefully frost the cake with the green frosting. Arrange the sugar cubes on the surface of the cake to look like ornaments on a tree. Cut leftover cake into small square and rectangular shapes “boxes” and frost them with the red and blue frosting. Tie each one up with a ribbon or pipe a “ribbon” of frosting on each one to look like presents. Arrange the edible “presents” around the bottom of the cake.
For the special effect: Saturate each sugar cube with a few drops of the peppermint extract just prior to igniting. Turn off lights and with a match, ignite the extract on each “ornament” moving quickly from cube to cube. Each “ornament” will burn with a pretty blue flame for about a minute.
I found this recipe at
A Blessed Christmas: A Unit Study Approach To Studying The Symbols of Christmas
Edited and Adapted with permission by Kathryn M. Martinez
Originally written by Karen Caroe