This recipe turns one of the most nostalgic childhood treat into a cake that serves 10-12 people! It is festive, delicious, and SO much fun to make.
The cake is super fluffy and moist and very vanilla forward and the filling is a luscious vanilla buttercream. This cake is a total crowd pleaser and the perfect dessert to make this holiday season.
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Cutting Out Your Copycat Little Debbie Tree Cake
I used a ruler to measure and draw a stencil for this cake. I recommend using some sort of guide like this so that your cakes come out identical in shape. If you don’t have paper large enough, you can do your best to free hand the shape of the tree by stacking two chilled cakes on top of each other and cutting them both at the same time so they are symmetrical. But in order to stack the cakes and cut together they must be cold, this makes them more firm and less breakable.
Decorating Your Copycat Little Debbie Tree Cake
As directed in the instructions, we are going to be frosting a crumb coat on the entire cake before spreading on the final layer of buttercream. A crumb coat is essentially a thin layer of buttercream frosted on the entire cake as smooth as possible. This locks in the shape of the cake and packs down all of the little crumbs that are inevitably going to show up a bit throughout the process.
To achieve a nice crumb coat, use a cake scraper and an offset spatula to spread the buttercream around the entire top and sides of your cake. Work your way around the whole cake making sure to apply a thin and even layer of buttercream on the entire thing. Then it’s imperative to the decorating process to allow the crumb coated cake to chill in the fridge for at least one hour before applying the final layer.
Once your cake has chilled, scoop and spread more buttercream on top of the entire cake for a nice, smooth finish. I dipped my offset spatula in water a few times to really smooth out the top and edges of the cake.
If you want to go with a more traditional take on these festive and delicious Copycat Little Debbie Tree Cakes, check out my recipe for recreating the ones that we all know and love, in snack form!
This recipe is the perfect addition to any festive event you have going on this Holiday season. Now, I bake every single day, creating recipes to share with all of you amazing people and I promise you that I am not just saying this…but when I took a bite of this cake I paused and went “wooooow”. I love sharing these delicious recipes with you all and I hope that they bring you so much joy this season and inspire you to bake and share with the ones you love!