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Children love baking, especially at Christmas, so channel all that holiday energy into this stunning centrepiece, created by cookery writer and mother-of-two Joanna Farrow. Our step-by-step guide makes it easy - and it's great fun to build. This is a fun version of the croquembouche, a traditional French wedding cake made with a pyramid of choux pastry buns. Children can make most of this recipe themselves, with a little supervision. The recipe makes 24 small cakes but you only need 23, so there's one left over as a cook's treat!
The cakes can be made ahead and frozen, wrapped and un-iced, for up to 1 month.
Divide the cake mixture evenly between the paper cases
Using a small star-shaped cutter, cut out up to 15 white stars and up to 15 red stars from the icing
To make the candy canes, first roll the icing into long, thin strands
Then twist the white and red icing strands together
Thickly spread the icing over the cakes using a palette knife or the back of a teaspoon
Once set, stack the cakes on top of each other, overlapping with the ones underneath to support the tower
This recipe was first published in November 2003.