Tender vanilla sheet cake is slathered in cream cheese frosting, showered with sprinkles, cut into triangles, and embellished with candy canes to make cute & festive Christmas Tree Sheet Cake Pops…perfect for any holiday party or Christmas cookie platter!
December has officially arrived and I officially feel like I can finally (officially) share Christmas-y recipes. YAY! I’ve had lots of ideas churning around inside this ol’ brain o’ mine since before Thanksgiving, but my most recent inspiration is the one I decided to act on first…Christmas Tree Sheet Cake Pops!
If you’ve been around this place since last December, you may recall the decadent and adorable Christmas Tree Brownie Pops that I shared back then. I basically baked my favorite brownie recipe in a half sheet pan, sliced it into Christmas tree-like triangles, and then decorated them with cream cheese frosting and a plethora of holiday sprinkles. Fun to make with the kids, fun to give as gifts or serve at parties, and definitely fun to eat!
So, as I was pondering cute Christmas recipe ideas for this season, I had a brainstorm to take my brownie pop concept but apply it to cake! This time of year, I find myself baking lots of holiday treats (cupcakes and such) for lots of holiday festivities. But you know what’s even faster to make than divvying up batter in cupcake liners and frosting individual cupcakes? One big sheet cake. And if that sheet cake is based on a Texas Sheet Cake recipe — which already happens to be thin and flat — then don’t you agree it would be the ideal medium for Christmas tree pops?
And that’s what I did. My favorite cupcakes of all time are my beloved Best Ever Vanilla Texas Sheet Cake Cupcakes. So it only made sense to convert that recipe from cupcakes back to an actual sheet cake. Then I took my favorite frosting — Classic Cream Cheese Frosting — and spread it on top. I figured since we’re dealing with cake here, spreading would be easier than piping it onto each individual tree, à la last year’s brownie pops. Finally, I went crazy with some of the red and green sprinkles I found leftover in the pantry. Easy. Peasy.
The most “difficult” part of this recipe is cutting the cake into triangles, which is really not difficult at all. I eyeballed my triangles, but you could certainly get all Type A and pull out a ruler, if you prefer. I basically just set my pan vertically and cut four even-ish rows with a knife, then sliced each row into six triangles, like so…
You can see that there’s a little half-triangle piece on the end of each row that won’t get made into a tree. Darn shame, that is…I can’t possibly imagine what you might do with all those scraps. *burp*
Once you have your triangles cut, use a thin offset spatula (affiliate link) to lift each triangle of cake from the sheet pan and onto a platter. Then break the crook off of a mini candy cane, stick the broken side into the bottom of a tree, and press a peppermint “star” into the frosting at the top of the tree. Ta-daaa! Cute and simple Christmas Tree Sheet Cake Pops!
One word of caution…this cream cheese frosting does soften at room temperature and, after some time in a heated room, you might find your peppermint stars sloooowly sliding off the trees. So just be sure to keep these treats refrigerated until you’re ready to serve them (or give them away). In fact, you might even want to freeze them ahead of time which, strangely, doesn’t make them hard and frozen…just nice and cold. Ask me how I know?
Well, I know because both of our refrigerators are stuffed to the brim right now thanks to the little (BIG) crock pot project I have going on…and when I went to pop these guys in the fridge, I realized that I didn’t have any space. So I stuck them in the freezer instead, thinking that it would be okay to have them frozen when I sent a few to my kids’ teachers the next day, because they could thaw out on the way to school. As a bonus, I also predicted that frozen triangles of cake would be less likely to tempt me into eating
one two seven of them before going to bed.
Turns out I was wrong on that last one. FROZEN VANILLA TEXAS SHEET CAKE IS FREAKING DELICIOUS. Soft, moist, and very cold…but definitely not hard, frozen, and unappetizing. So now I find myself sneaking out to the garage freezer every so often to sneak a tree pop. Perhaps I need to send more of them to school tomorrow…
Well, what do you think? Would you rather make (or receive) Christmas Tree Brownie Pops or Christmas Tree Sheet Cake Pops??? I have to admit…there’s room in my heart (and thighs) for both. Now if you’ll excuse me for a moment, I think I left something important out in the garage…I better go check. 😉
More holiday treats!