Are you traveling for Christmas or staying home? We are leaving our winter wonderland to make the trek back home to the desert (that seems so backwards!), but time with our family is always worth the effort. Whether you are traveling or staying put, these miniature Christmas star cakes are sure to help you celebrate well this week.
And if you still have any sort of baking to do, here’s the best baking tip: how to make perfect parchment paper corners, so your paper will lie nice and flat (say goodbye to that last batch of cookies that are black on the bottom, not that any of us ever have that problem – this tip is obviously for a friend!).
Prepare pan by cutting a piece of parchment a little larger than the dimensions of the pan. Fit parchment into pan easily by turning pan upside down and centering parchment over it. Gather the paper in each corner and fold to one side (as if wrapping a gift!). When all corners are folded flat, remove parchment, turn pan back over, and fit parchment into the pan neatly. Lightly spray pan with baking spray.
To make these mini star Christmas cakes you’ll need: 1 box yellow cake mix, your favorite frosting (great recipe here), various decorations: icing gel, nonpareils, colored crystals, glitter gold, pearls, jimmies, peppermint snow, etc., star-shaped mold (4.5″ across, 1″ high), 11×17 jelly roll pan, parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 350F. Mix cake ingredients according to box instructions. Fill jelly roll pan with batter; smooth and even it out with a spatula. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Let cake cool.
Take your star mold and grease it lightly. Insert it into one corner of the cake and press down, creating a star shape. Remove the mold and carefully lift out the star-shaped cake. Repeat this process using as much of the cake as possible. We got 9 stars from an 11×17 pan. The amount of stars you yield will depend on the size of your mold.
Frost and decorate the stars using various cake decorations such as icing gel (write monograms), crystals in holiday colors, pearls, etc. Or spell out a word using a stencil and powdered sugar; don’t frost the star. Place stencil on surface of cake and using a dauber, apply a small amount of sugar onto stencil.