Crochet Christmas Tree Cake

The Crochet Christmas Tree Cake is a free pattern here on my blog! This holiday themed pattern is quick and beginner friendly. Below you'll find the free pattern and video tutorial.

The Crochet Christmas Tree Cakes displayed with a real Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cake.

Pattern Design + Construction

The design for this adorable crochet pattern comes from the classic Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes that come in chocolate and vanilla. The red frosting and little green sugar sprinkles are just everything. Using only basic stitches, this pattern is wonderful for crochet beginners. The small size of the trees make them great for stocking stuffers or gift ideas for kids.

Heather Corinne holding the Crochet Christmas Tree Cake.

Each Christmas Tree Cake consists of the front and back panels, which are crocheted in flat rows. The frosting and sprinkles are added to the front panel using a tapestry needle. The front and back panels are stuffed and joined together using a round of single crochet. The finished Crochet Christmas Tree Cake measures approximately 5.5 inches tall by 4 inches wide. One could easily increase the size of the cake by using bulkier yarn and a larger crochet hook.


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Yarn:

We'll be using medium Worsted Weight (4) Yarn for this Crochet Christmas Tree Cake pattern. This is my favorite yarn weight to work with for crochet rag doll style patterns and it has a great price point. It's versatile and wears well while also being soft and cozy! You could easily substitute brands of worsted weight yarn as long as the ounces per gram are similar. You can see the slight difference in size from using two different brands for the base of the white tree vs the brown tree in this tutorial.

The completed Crochet Christmas Tree Cakes, chocolate and vanilla.

I'm using the following yarn:

  • I Love This Yarn, Medium 4, 7 oz / 199 g, in the color 10 White

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g, in the color Hot Red

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g, in the color Café Latte

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g, in the color Paddy Green

Worsted weight yarn in the color Cafe Latte for the chocolate Crochet Christmas Tree Cake.

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Stitches:

This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

  • Chain

  • SC - Single Crochet

  • INC - Single Crochet Increase

  • Slip Stitch

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Crochet Christmas Tree Cake - Free Pattern


Front & Back Panels

With chocolate or vanilla yarn, chain 2


Row 1: SC, chain 1 (1 stitch)


Row 2: INC, chain 1 (2 stitches)


Row 3: INC, SC in the next stitch, chain 1 (3 stitches)


Row 4: INC, SC in the next 2 stitches, chain 1 (4 stitches)


Row 5: INC, SC in the next 3 stitches, chain 1 (5 stitches)


Row 6: INC, SC in the next 4 stitches, chain 1 (6 stitches)


Row 7: INC, SC in the next 5 stitches, chain 1 (7 stitches)


Tie off with a long enough tail to weave in the end later.

Crochet Christmas Tree Cake - Rows 1-7

Row 8: Join in the 2nd stitch of the 7th row and SC in that stitch and the next 4 stitches, chain 1 (5 stitches)


Row 9: INC, SC in the next 3 stitches, INC, chain 1 (7 stitches)


Row 10: INC, SC in the next 6 stitches, chain 1 (8 stitches)


Row 11: INC, SC in the next 7 stitches, chain 1 (9 stitches)


Row 12: INC, SC in the next 8 stitches, chain 1 (10 stitches)


Row 13: INC, SC in the next 9 stitches, chain 1 (11 stitches)


Tie off with a long enough tail to weave in the end later.


Crochet Christmas Tree Cake - Rows 1-13

Row 14: Join in the 2nd stitch of the 13th row and SC in that stitch and the next 8 stitches, chain 1 (9 stitches)


Row 15: INC, SC in the next 7 stitches, INC, chain 1 (11 stitches)


Row 16: INC, SC in the next 10 stitches, chain 1 (12 stitches)


Row 17: INC, SC in the next 11 stitches, chain 1 (13 stitches)


Row 18: INC, SC in the next 12 stitches, chain 1 (14 stitches)


Row 19: INC, SC in the next 13 stitches, chain 1 (15 stitches)


Tie off with a long enough tail to weave in the end later.

Crochet Christmas Tree Cake - Rows 1-19

Row 20 (Trunk): Join in the 6th stitch of the 15th row and SC in that stitch and the next 4 stitches, chain 1 (5 stitches)


Row 21: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (5 stitches)


Tie off with a long enough tail to weave in the end later.

Crochet Christmas Tree Cake - Rows 1-21

Weave in the Ends

We want to weave in all of the ends with the structure of the tree shape in mind. We want the corners to look clean and not pulled too tight. Trim any excess yarn.

The Crochet Christmas Tree Cake Panel with ends weaved in.

Frosting

Feel free to get creative and design your frosting in any way you choose, but here are some more structured frosting instructions if you'd like!


The front panel has 5 lines of red frosting. Each line consists of chain stitches and medium tails. We'll place the chain lines in a diagonal pattern onto the front panel one at a time beginning with the largest. We want to keep realistic frosting curves in mind instead of stitching them straight across. We'll use the tails and a tapestry needle to stitch them in place, tying off and trimming any excess yarn on the back.


Largest Frosting Line: Chain 16

Moving up, the next three are: Chain 12, Chain 10, Chain 8

The bottom trunk: Chain 6

The frosting chains for the Crochet Christmas Tree Cake.

A progress photo of sewing on the frosting on the Crochet Christmas Tree Cake.

The front panel of the Crochet Christmas Tree Cake with all frosting chains attached.

Sprinkles

Using green yarn and a tapestry needle, stitch on some little sprinkles in all different directions. Tie off and trim any excess yarn on the back side.

A progress photo of stitching on the green sprinkles on the Crochet Christmas Tree Cake.


Christmas Tree Cake Assembly

So here we are with our completed front and back panels. We're going to make a border to attach them together.

The completed front and back panels of the Crochet Christmas Tree Cake.

Line up the front and back panels of the Crochet Christmas Tree Cake one over the other (make sure the correct sides are facing out).


We're going to join the front and back panels with a round of single crochet using white yarn (*see the exceptions below before you start).


  • At each 'point': SC, chain 1, SC into the same stitch

  • At each 'corner': slip stitch

With the front facing you, I recommend starting at the bottom right (so you'll complete the flat bottom portion with the trunk last).

A diagram showing where the exceptions in the border will be on the Crochet Christmas Tree Cake.

Let's pause at the bottom left and add our stuffing. We want our tree cake to be nice and plump without over-stuffing; we don't want to stretch the stitches.


Adding the stuffing to our Crochet Christmas Tree Cake.

Once stuffed, continue single crocheting (*with the exceptions) across the bottom until you reach the beginning of the border. Slip stitch into the first stitch of the border and tie off with a long enough tail to weave in the end.

A diagram of the border exceptions at the bottom of the Crochet Christmas Tree Cake.

Using a tapestry needle, weave in the ends and trim any excess yarn.


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