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Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

by Jan Clement-May


This traditional centrepiece uses simple Sugar Dough modelling techniques to great effect.

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This spectacular Christmas cake is a fantastic way to show off your sugarcraft skills this festive season. Use as a centrepiece at dinner parties then amaze your guests by revealing the delicious cake beneath.


  1. Shaping the Cake
    Learn how to carve, stack and crumb-coat a cone-shaped cake.
  2. Covering the Cake and Drum
    Find out how to cover a cone-shaped cake with sugarpaste, then cover a cake drum and decorate it with a floorboard effect.
  3. Tree Foliage
    Discover how to make fir tree foliage from Sugar Dough and attach them to the cake.
  4. Mixing the Colours
    Colour Sugar Dough to make festive colours for the tree decorations.
  5. Star
    Learn to make a star for the top of the tree from Sugar Dough.
  6. Tinsel
    Learn to create pieces of tinsel from Sugar Dough.
  7. Candy Canes
    Learn to create candy canes from Sugar Dough.
  8. Baubles
    Learn to make and decorate baubles from Sugar Dough.
  9. Presents
    Learn to make and decorate presents from Sugar Dough.
  10. Painted Details
    Use a dust food colour mixture to paint decorative designs on the presents.
  11. Bows
    Learn to make bows from Sugar Dough.
  12. Bauble Box
    Learn how to make and assemble a box from Sugar Dough.

Occasion: Christmas
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Featured in Winter 2013 issue

Project by Jan Clement-May

Jan Clement-May

author of Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Jan Clement-May started sugarcrafting in 1995 after being inspired by a novelty cake book. Having originally qualified as a graphic designer, Jan applied her artistic talent and creative flair to cake decorating and began to make cakes for her two children, as well as for other family members and friends. In 2001, she set up The Too Good to Eat Company from home and shortly afterwards began to contribute projects to Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine. Jan is now a well-recognised and regular professional tutor at Squires Kitchen International School.