This time of year can be overwhelmingly busy. Sometimes I like to make life easier by turning semi-homemade into a delicious surprise. This year, I used the 3-D Mini Tree Silicone Mold and store-bought refrigerated cinnamon rolls to make mini decorated trees. When I flipped the pan over, I envisioned another use – New Year’s Eve Hat mini cakes! And then came up with two more uses!
Cinnamon Roll Mini Trees
Prepare the pan by spraying Bake Easy™ into the cavities. I unrolled the package of cinnamon rolls and pressed those into the pan. Even though they did not fill the cavity completely, I only needed to put one roll in each cavity.
Place the tree pan on top of a cookie pan and bake the rolls according to the package directions. I checked them mid-way and pressed them back down in the pan.
Spray the trees with Green Color Mist™. Then heat the icing included with the cinnamon rolls in the microwave for a few seconds to make it runny. I then drizzled that down the tree using a spoon at the top of the tree; all drips were caught on my parchment paper.
I love when I can use one shaped pan to make different treats! Here are a few other ideas.
New Year’s Eve Hats
I made the hats by spraying the pan with Bake Easy™ and then filled the cavities 2/3 full with cake batter. Once baked, I cooled them on a cooling grid.
While the cakes were cooling, I made the “2012” for the hats by rolling out some White Fondant and cutting the numbers using the Alphabet & Number Cut-Outs™ . I also rolled out and cut out a circle using the middle Round Cut-Outs™.
Using my Cutter/Embosser, I cut off the four corners of the circle to make a plus (+). I then cut three strips in each section and pinched the center area; this would be my pompom. The numbers and pompoms were sprayed using Gold Color Mist™ and Silver Color Mist™.
I then kneaded White Fondant and Black Fondant and rolled those out. I covered my cakes with Decorator Icing and then put the White Fondant and Black Fondant on the cakes using my Fondant Smoother and Cutter/Embosser.
For the black hat, I then added the silver 2012 and pompom by adding Piping Gel to the backs using my Decorator Brush. I then added a few blue stars the same way. For my white hat, I added the gold 2012 and pompom the same way and then added rainbow nonpareils. These will be a great way to ring in 2012!
With all these holiday gatherings, I wanted to come up with other ways to use the pan. I also plan to line one of the cavities with plastic wrap, then push store-bought Port Wine & Cheddar Cheese Dip into the cavity, and refrigerate it until firm. Once I remove them from the mold, I can add dried parsley to the outside to give it a tree-like appearance. By adding chopped vegetables or nuts, my tree will be decorated!
I also like to make shaped butter. What better way to do that than with this mold? I will again line the cavities with plastic wrap and then mix softened butter, honey, cinnamon and a little green icing color. I will then put that in the refrigerator until firm and then unmold my butter tree. I can make those ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until needed. Those will make a great addition to any bread, bagels or such that we will serve!
O’ Christmas Tree you will certainly create a lot of tasty treats this holiday season!
Wishing you lots of holiday memories and tasty treats!