How to make a chocolate Christmas tree
If you want to win Christmas, and let’s face it- who doesn’t? Rustle up a couple of these Chocolate Christmas trees. Making christmas cake decorations like these is bound to impress the Mother-In-Law and they’re so simple (and messy) to make they’re sure to be a hit with the kids too.
Like all Christmas trees, these smell great but start to droop after a little while. So keep them refrigerated before serving to stop them melting.
- 300g plain chocolate
- A large handful of pistachios
- Dried cranberries or edible silver balls
- Parchment paper
- A piping bag (or make your own with a sandwich bag!)
- A food processor
- A stick of uncooked spaghetti
- Blitz the pistachios in a food processor to make a green dust (or unload your Christmas stress by popping them in a bag and bashing with a rolling pin).
- Break 250g of chocolate into pieces in a microwavable bowl. Melt in the microwave on a low setting for 30 seconds at a time, stirring gently with a fork in between, until fully melted. Lay out a strip of parchment paper. Tip: Weigh down the edges.
- Pinch the tip of the piping bag, then carefully pour in the melted chocolate.
- Hold the piping bag vertically, and pipe out blobs on the paper, increasing in size until the chocolate is gone.
- Spread each chocolate blob into a star shape with the spaghetti, then sprinkle on pistachio dust.
- Place the parchment paper in the fridge until the chocolate has set (fully!), then carefully break them off the parchment paper.
- Melt the remaining 50g of chocolate (as in Step 2).
- Add a blob of melted chocolate onto the largest star, then place the next largest star on top. Repeat until you’ve built a tree. Decorate with dried cranberries or edible silver balls, using melted chocolate as ‘glue’. Refrigerate until the chocolate has set.