Boozy Christmas Tree
Although patience is required to decorate this cake, it is a perfect dessert for those who like a little extra kick in their cakes.
- Vegan Margarine - 4 ozs (½ Cup)
- Soft Light Brown Sugar - 4 ozs (1 Cup)
- Self Raising Flour - 4 ozs (1 Cup)
- Wholemeal Flour - 4 ozs (1 Cup)
- Baking Powder - 1 Tsp
- Egg Replacement - 2
- Soya Milk - 5 Tbsp
- Brandy - 3 Tbsp
- Ground Cinnamon - 1 Tsp
- Ground Nutmeg - 1 Tsp
- Mixed Spice - 1 Tsp
- Vegan Margarine - 6 ozs (¾ Cup), For Decoration
- Icing Sugar - 12 ozs (3 Cups), For Decoration
- Rum Fondant Icing - 1 Tbsp, For Decoration
- Green Food Colouring - 1 Tsp, For Decoration
- Coloured Icing Pens - Yellow, For Decoration
- Preheat oven to 160c and grease an 8 inch by 5 inch loaf tin, line it with greaseproof paper.
- Melt the margarine and the sugar in a saucepan and then remove from heat.
- Add the ground cinnamon, mixed spice, ground nutmeg, baking powder and both flours.
- Mix well together, add the egg replacer and soya milk, then stir.
- Pour into loaf tin and cook for 50 minutes.
- When cooked place on a wire rack and prick the loaf all over with a skewer and drizzle brandy evenly over, leave to cool.
- Into a bowl place icing sugar, food colouring, rum and vegan margarine. Mix together until a creamy consistency has formed.
- Remove from loaf tin and slice the top off to make it completely level.
- Cut the loaf into a variety of square sizes ranging from large, for the base of the tree, to small for the top.
- On to a serving plate, place each square ranging from the largest at the bottom to the smallest on top. Secure these together with a bit of the icing mixture.
- When you are happy with the shape of your tree, cover it all over with the icing mixture.
- Place in fridge while you make up the tree decorations.
- Roll the fondant icing into small balls, if you wish you can use food colouring to make them different colours.
- Remove the tree from the fridge and push the balls carefully onto the tree, they should stick in easily. With a yellow icing pen, dot little lines around the tree to give the effect of lights.
- Finish the tree off with a star on the top and leave in fridge to harden.
TIP: When covering the trees with the icing mixture, it is best done with a small spoon and flat stick. Take your time, move the tree by turning the serving plate round.
TIP: If your hands start to get a bit sticky when decorating the tree, rub some icing sugar on them.