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Do you need Christmas cake ideas? This fun frosting filled Christmas cake recipe fits perfectly in your hand. Of course, baking brings us all together and these handheld Christmas cakes are ideal for celebrating the holidays with family and friends.

Christmas Tree Cakes - Handheld Snack Treat Desserts for Holiday Parties! #DuncanHinesHoliday

Mini holiday cakes are the next big thing. Eliminating dishes, mess, and bringing in the finger food – now you can have your cake and eat it too, without all the forks to wash! The best part …it’s real easy to do!

Handheld Christmas Tree Cakes #DuncanHinesHoliday

For these easy to make Christmas cakes, we’re using Duncan Hines® Classic Yellow Cake Mix because it’s delicious, convenient and affordable — it’s only $1.00 at Walmart! Woo! With just 5 ingredients or less, the Duncan Hines line of baking products really brings the family together to create memories without the stress during the holidays.

Dessert Christmas Tree Cakes Handheld Treat #DuncanHinesHoliday

Mini Christmas Cakes

Gather the family, get the kids together and have a blast making Christmas tree cakes in the kitchen this holiday season. The best cakes always start with perfectly moist batter. Begin with a deliciously moist Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix and then customize it with your favorite Duncan Hines frosting and toppings.

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Ingredients

  • Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • Duncan Hines Whipped Vanilla Frosting
  • Food Coloring
  • 2 Cups White Chocolate Chips
  • Edible decorations

Ingredients to make Christmas tree cakes #DuncanHinesHoliday

Special tools:

  • 1″ high 15″x10″ half sheet or “jellyroll pan” – to make this into a thin sheet cake
  • Cookie cutters

Alternatively, bake the cake in a regular pan and cut the layers in half.

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the cake mix, water, eggs, and vegetable oil according to instructions on the box.

Cake batter for mini Christmas tree cakes #DuncanHinesHoliday

Grease the sides and bottom of your sheet pan with butter and flour lightly. If you wish, lay parchment paper in the bottom of your sheet pan to help release the cake when it’s time to remove it. Spread the cake mix into the pan evenly.

Cake batter ready to go into the oven for handheld Christmas cakes #DuncanHinesHoliday

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake completely, then chill it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

While your cake is cooling, mix the frosting with green food coloring. Start with 5-10 drops of food coloring and mix until you like the color you’re creating.

Making green Grinch frosting for Christmas cakes #DuncanHinesHoliday

After the cake has chilled, flip it onto your working surface and cut it into four equal pieces.

Making mini handheld Christmas tree cakes #DuncanHinesHoliday

Frost two of the four pieces of cake and place the other two pieces on top of the frosting – making a cake and frosting sandwich. 😋

Frosting cakes to make handheld Christmas tree cake desserts #DuncanHinesHoliday

Christmas Tree Handheld Cakes #DuncanHinesHoliday

Use your cookie cutters to cut your Christmas tree cake shapes.

Cutting cake into Christmas tree shapes for handheld dessert. #DuncanHinesHoliday

Tip: Cut all the trees and then free them from the rest of the cake. But what about the ‘scraps’? To utilize all of the cake, even the scraps left over from cutting the tree shapes, we made dessert cups. Just add layers of frosting and cake into small dessert cups and top with whipped topping! Easy peasy.

Handheld Christmas Tree Cakes with Cookie Cutters #DuncanHinesHoliday

Melt white chocolate chips on your stovetop on low heat, or in your microwave. Drizzle the white chocolate over the cakes, being careful not to create too much buildup. Quickly add sprinkles before the chocolate rehardens.

Christmas Tree Cakes Mini Handheld Desserts #DuncanHinesHoliday

See how fun and easy these little handheld holiday cakes were to make? We love baking at our house and this is a fun way to serve cake at your Christmas party!

Christmas Cake - Holiday Tree Xmas Dessert #DuncanHinesHoliday

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So what are you waiting for? Hop down to your local Walmart and grab a few boxes of Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix (check out the cool new packaging!) along with a few tubs of their delicious frosting!

Duncan Hines Cake Mix at Walmart

Handheld Christmas Tree Cakes #DuncanHinesHoliday
Print Recipe
3.86 from 7 votes

Christmas Tree Cakes Handheld Dessert

Handheld Christmas tree cake bites
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Scrappy Geek

Equipment

  • 10"w x 15"h x 1"d half sheet cake / "jellyroll" pan
  • Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3 Large Egg
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tub Duncan Hines Whipped Vanilla Frosting
  • 10 Drops Food Coloring
  • 2 Cups White Chocolate Chips
  • Sprinkles and/or edible decorations

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix cake mix, water, eggs, and vegetable oil according to instructions on the box
  • Grease your sheet pan with butter and flour lightly.
  • Spread the cake mix into the pan evenly
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake completely.
  • Mix your frosting with green food coloring. Start with 5-10 drops of food coloring and mix until you like the color you’re creating.
  • Cut half the sheet cake free from the pan and set aside.
  • Frost the other half of the sheet cake with a thin, even layer of frosting. Place the sheet cake halves one on top of the other to sandwich the frosting in between.
  • Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place the cake in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  • Once the cake has chilled for a while, remove it from the refrigerator and cut out your shapes using your cookie cutters.
  • Melt chocolate chips over low heat on your stovetop, or 30-second intervals at 50% power in your microwave oven.
  • Lay the cut-out cakes on a cooling rack over your sheet pan.
  • Drizzle the white chocolate over the cakes, being careful not to create too much buildup.
  • Add sprinkles before the chocolate rehardens.
  • Decorate and serve!

Notes

Make these fun Christmas tree cake dessert for your holiday party! Get more recipes by subscribing to my blog at ScrappyGeek.com

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