Learn how easy it is to make your own Candy Cane Tray at home for the holidays. It’s easy to make, ready in no time and everyone loves it!
Candy Cane Tray
Are you in the Holiday mood??
I admit, I’ve been feeling a bit harried the past few days. With deadlines and projects and things that NEED to be done. I swear I need three of me sometimes. It’s tough to really take the time to enjoy decorating the tree when there are all these nagging thoughts of other tasks that need to be accomplished.
I was feeling that way about this wonderful Candy Cane Cake with this deep, dark chocolate cake. I was just going to make it a two-day post for the cake and frosting, but then I was going through Facebook and saw my friend make a candy platter and I KNEW I could totally make it for day three. So, at 10:30 at night, I made my platter in less than 10 minutes!
These are so easy to make! And each one is unique and special.
I made one out of red and green starlight candies, but I didn’t have enough, so I improvised by adding some crushed candy canes that I recently bought and I LOVED the effect. I did not really like the wonky, odd-shaped, stretched look of the stripes, but I was digging on the candy cane!
To make it perfectly round, I made it in a 9 inch springform pan. I wish I had a slightly larger mold for the base of the 8 inch cake, but eh, what are you gonna do?
The texture was pretty neat. As the air-bubbles expand and the candy melts little pockets are formed and it creates a really strange effect.
I didn’t have any issues with my two platters, but while doing some research I learned a few things.
#1. Don’t touch it right out of the oven – it’s like napalm.
#2. Don’t put it into the fridge to harden – it’ll crack.
#3. You can score it, cut it, and shape it before it hardens – to give it texture, make a bowl, or to give it a clean edge.
#4. Some use wax paper, parchment, or foil – I used non-stick foil. It worked great!
#5. Do NOT overcook it – it’ll spread and look really bad! (And that’s why I made it in a pan, so that it wouldn’t spread.)
That’s it. Have fun making some Holiday serving platters for your party.
- crushed candy canes (or Starlight mints, full sized candy canes, or any other hard candy)
- shaped pan if desired
- Preheat oven to 330 degrees F.
- Line your baking sheet (or springform pan) with non-stick foil. Fill the pan with candy cane pieces. You can also lay out your hard candy to make shapes or designs.
- Melt in the oven for 7 to 10 minutes, watching closely as the candy melts and fuses, removing it before it starts to spread. There will be no spreading in the springform pan.
- Remove from the oven and release the sides of the pan so that it doesn’t stick. Let it cool for 5 minutes. If you want to shape it into a bowl, gently lift the edges of the foil and support with paper towels, foil balls or other kitchen tools. You can try to push it into a bowl, but that is a bit harder and chances of cracking are higher.
- Remove from the hot baking tray and allow to completely cool to room temperature.
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