Oh, Christmas Tree!

I once knew a girl who made her own clothes. She built them. In the basement. With a blow torch. She was incredibly cooler than I will ever be.

Today I came close. I built a Christmas Tree from cake, an ice cream cone, marshmallows and some fairy dust. I followed the directions from here which said the whole process should take 2.5 hours.

It took me 4.5 hours.

As usual, I didn’t follow the directions precisely. (That may explain the fudge saga.) This time I got lucky and it all worked out. I used red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting.

The first step in making a Christmas tree is to allow entropy to engulf your life. I began in my messy kitchen that I never cleaned after baking cookies and the damn fudge yesterday.

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Red velvet cake batter looking good! Yes, oh yes, I did lick those beaters. They hardly tasted of garlic at all from the Italian dressing I’d just made.

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Into the oven went the 2-cup and 4-cup Pyrex measuring cups, well greased. Right on target.

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45 minutes later I took a peek. I don’t think it’s supposed to look like this.

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Fortunately, I own large knives. After shaving off the blobs, the pieces were more or less level. And I got to eat some extra cake.

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The assembly process began. Not looking too good, yet.

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The comment from my husband at this point was, “Wow, Laur. The things you do to entertain yourself.”

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I’ll show him. I think it’s looking better! (See Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the background? They approve.)

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Side note: your scissors will be very sticky from cutting marshmallows. I hope you’re finished wrapping! This step was designed by an engineering genius! Slice the marshmallows and coat with sugar. OMG. Delicious. Yes, I ate some. Yes, I licked my fingers. Yes, I washed my hands. One hundred times.

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And now, brace yourself for the most lovely accomplishment ever accomplished on the shortest day of the year, first day of winter, 80 degrees in South Carolina…dum da da dah!

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Yippee!

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