Winter Wonderland Christmas Cake
Lauren Jepsen MaceIf you hope and pray each year for the first snowfall to arrive just in time to usher in a "white Christmas," then boy, have we got a Christmas cake for you. This Winter Wonderland Cake -- a snowy scene with cartoonish blue accents, evergreens and a well-dressed snowman -- is reminiscent of the original Frosty the Snowman movie. Even if mother nature doesn't grant you a white-blanketed outdoors, you can certainly have it on your dessert plate.
To make this cake, start with a batch of Fluffy Yellow Cake and one batch of Buttercream Frosting for Decorating. Follow the cake recipe according to instructions, but instead of one pan or cupcake pan, pour the cake batter into three round cake pans (8, 6 and 4 inches in diameter), until all are evenly filled. Bake the three cakes according to the directions in the recipe. (If using store-bought frosting, I recommend Duncan Hines, which has a good consistency. Do not use whipped topping, which tends to droop.)
Gather the following supplies, then get started:
-Orange Tic Tacs or similar small candies
-Miniature chocolate chips
-Small pretzel sticks
-Colorful fruit chews such as Starburst or AirHeads
-Chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, in both regular and miniature size
-Pastry bag with cake tips (#21 or #22, #4 or #5, and #10)
-Parchment or wax paper
After you've finished checking out this cake, be sure to see our other Christmas desserts, including a whimsical Santa Cake, Gingerbread Men made from cupcakes, and our Classic Christmas dessert recipes. Also get Gail Simmons's Christmas Dessert suggestions. Plus Christmas decorating and craft ideas from Holidash.
Prepare Frosting: Mix 3 to 4 cups frosting with blue food coloring. Mix 1 to 2 cups frosting with green food coloring. Leave remaining frosting white.
Ice Cake: Ice and smooth entire cake with blue frosting. (*TIP: Lightly wet the spatula to make frosting easier to spread. You will have to wet the spatula a few times during the smoothing process.)
Draw Snowy Hills: With pastry bag and #10 cake tip, pipe white hills around each cake layer. Smooth.
Make the Snowman's Head: Using a toothpick, gently make two holes for eyes and one for a nose into another large marshmallow. Insert two upside-down miniature chocolate chips into the holes for eyes, and an orange Tic Tac or similar candy into the other hole for the nose.
Attach Head to Body: Put a little dollop of frosting on the bottom of the snowman's head and attach it to the "body" -- the marshmallow already on top of the cake.
Make Snowman's Scarf: Roll out fruit chews (such as two Starburts or an Airhead) between parchment or wax paper until fairly flat. (If using Starburst, roll them tightly together, since the rolling action will cause them to join as one.) Cut a 1/2-inch wide by 3-inch strip from the rolled out fruit chew. Using scissors, cut slits on each end to make the fringe for the snowman's scarf. Drape scarf over the snowman's pretzel arms.
Make Snowman's Hat: Gently separate an Oreo or chocolate sandwich cookie. Scrape any remaining sandwich filling off one half of the cookie. Apply a small dollop to the middle of the Oreo cookie half, and press a miniature Oreo onto it. This is his top hat. Put a small dollop of frosting on top of the snowman's head, then stick his hat on. He's alive as he could be!