These festive tree-topped mousse cakes are wrapped in a red striped sponge and filled with pink peppermint mousse. Decorate them with your favorite holiday sprinkles.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

How lovely are thy … sprinkles?

I couldn’t resist. I had a lot of fun making these cakes, and they are created using one of my favorite pastry techniques. Stencil paste is a pastry medium made with egg whites that you can whip up at home. Just tint it a fun color and then use it to pipe or stencil designs onto a silpat or parchment paper. 
Peppermint Stripe Mousse Cakes

For these cakes, I spread the stencil paste on a silicone baking mat and used a cake comb to create striped designs in the paste. Some of my lines were a little wavy, but the cakes turned out cute anyway!

Peppermint Stripe Mousse Cakes

The paste is chilled until it stiffens, and then sponge cake is spread evenly on top. 

Peppermint Stripe Mousse Cakes

After a quick bake in the oven, the sheet of sponge cake is…

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