- minutes. Using a plastic straw, cut out circles in a random pattern
- on the trees (so candlelight can shine through). Bake 6-7 minutes
- longer or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
- For icing, in a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar,
- meringue powder and cream of tartar. Add water; beat on low speed
- for 1 minute or until very stiff.
- Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a
- #5 round pastry tip. Outline trees and decorate trees with garland
- and ornaments as desired. Pipe icing onto the bottom edge of each
- tree; set tree on a round base about 1/2 in. from edge. For
- additional support, pipe another line of icing along the back of
- tree where it joins the base. Prop trees with small glasses until
- icing has set. Let stand overnight to dry completely. Store in an
- airtight container.
- Place a votive candle or tea light on the base of holder behind the
- tree, or attach a birthday candle with a dab of icing on the base.
- Be aware that the heat will eventually soften the icing. Yield: 8
- candle holders.
Editor's Note: As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup. Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit www.wilton.com.