Chocolate Buttercream Christmas Tree Cake

Chocolate Buttercream Christmas Tree Cake

Emma and I made a Chocolate Buttercream cake for Mike's birthday.   Mike is a fan of the classics - chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies and brownies - so for his birthday, we thought a classic chocolate cake with homemade buttercream would be perfect.

We've become fascinated by Culinary Dots cakes - I've never seen anything quite like them.   She recently made a cake with a Christmas Tree in the center that Emma thought would be fun to try.  I made the cake and frosted it with the buttercream (recipe below), and she made the Tree 100% by herself.

 She started with an ice cream cone as the base, then added green buttercream.

While Culinary Dots makes vegan treats... we used a boxed cake mix and this wonderful Homemade Chocolate Buttercream.  I made the cakes in these 8" cake pans.

8" x 3" Cake Pans, $8

Chocolate Buttercream


  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups of cocoa
  • 1/2 cup of milk (plus more)
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 5-6 cups of powdered sugar (plus maybe more)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Read the whole recipe on Everyday Occasions by Jenny Steffens Hobick