If you aren’t into cake decorating but love the results, these Chocolate Cake Ornaments are for you! They’re also a fun activity that the Kiddos would love help making.
I’ve wanted to learn cake decorating since I was a child. These Chocolate Cake Ornaments would have been a great way to start. They’re fun and easy enough that either the non-cake decorator or the youngsters can help too.
I get it, cake decorating isn’t for everyone or you just don’t have the time. I made my first attempt when I was about 12 years old. It was indeed a masterpiece in my mind. That was in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth and there weren’t computers let alone google. I don’t even remember that many cookbooks in our house. My mother wasn’t into the cooking that much and my Grandmother made everything off the top of her head.
Somewhere I came up with a magazine that had some very elementary skills and I taught myself to pipe stars. I piped an entire cake with stars. The only problem was my frosting recipe was for royal frosting. You needed a hammer and chisel to break into that cake. But hey, it looked good.
I used a Wilton Mini Ball Pan because I liked the round shape that it gave my Old Fashioned Cocoa Cake Pumpkins. You could definitely make these into cupcakes too. You can even buy the cupcakes and frosting and they’ll be adorable anyway. I won’t judge it’s all about having fun. I also used a simple chocolate cake recipe and put in some crushed peppermint. I’ve used this recipe and put in chocolate chips or peanut butter chips too. It’s very versatile.
Don’t have time to make them now? Pin it for later!
Chocolate Cake Ornaments for the Non-Cake Decorator
- 2/3 cup butter
- 1 2/3 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup cocoa
- 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 1/3 cups milk
- 1/2 cup peppermint pieces (optional) I used crushed candy canes
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray pan with non-sticking spray.
- Cream butter, sugar, and eggs until fluffy. Beat on high for 3 minutes.
- Reduce speed to low. Combine flour, sifted cocoa, soda, baking powder, and salt. Add dry mix alternating with the milk and mix until blended.
- Fold in peppermint candy.
- Fill pan 3/4 full. Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick tested in the center comes out clean.
- Cool 10 minutes and then remove from pan and cool completely.
The holidays are all about having fun, and I love it when I can I can share the fun with children. Here are a couple of our previous activities!