Don’t you love snowman decorations at Christmas? I do! The cute little snowmen can be used to decorate a mantle, give a winter theme to your bathroom or even be the featured decor on the Christmas dinner table. If you have kids they’ll absolutely love a snowman cake, but even if there are no kids at the dinner table, your guests will smile with delight. Making a snowman cake is very easy to do even if you’ve never made a fancy cake in your life. You and everyone you know can make a snowman cake and no two have to be alike – you have so many options for creating the finished dessert.
The flavor of cake you use for making the snowman is up to you. Make an ordinary white, yellow or chocolate cake or even go all-out and create a baker-type dessert. It’s really easy to do if you substitute the required water for the mix with something else, like juice, Kool-Aid or other flavored liquids. With this technique you can easily make pineapple, lime, cherry or other flavors from an ordinary white or yellow cake mix.
Use two different sizes of pans to make the cake or use two of the same size. If doing the latter you’ll need to cut one cake down to size after baking. Another option for using both the same sizes is to fold foil to make one pan smaller. Take a length of foil that is long enough to wrap around the pan. Fold it, again and again, until it is a thick band. Place the foil band inside one of the cake pans and smooth it in place. Although the foil will leave some marks on the outside of the cake the will be unseen after the cake is decorated.
If you’re using two same-size pans it will be necessary to cut one finished cake so it will be smaller. The smaller cake will become the head of the snowman while the larger cake will represent the body. Don’t throw away the circle of cake you cut off; use it to make a treat for the kids later. Crumble the cake, stir it into some pudding, then sprinkle with candy bits for a childish treat they’ll love.
Bake the cakes according to package directions. Keep an eye on the smaller one which could be finished baking a few minutes before the larger one. Allow the cakes to cool completely before proceeding with the decorating phase of the project. Choose a serving dish and lay the cakes on it. Place the small cake above the larger one and push them together. Frost the cake with white icing. It can be flavored, depending upon the flavor of the cake you’ve made, by using a few drops of lemon, almond or other liquid flavoring. Simply stir it in well before frosting the cake. When both cakes are completely frosted you have many options for embellishing it.
If you want your snowman to have a hat it’s necessary to bake a third cake. This cake will be made in a square pan. When finished, cut all the way across the bottom of the cake to make the hat band. This piece should be a couple of inches wide. Cut a second piece of the cake – a large square – to sit on top of the hat band. Cut a tiny piece off the top circle of the snowman, set the band above it, then set the square above the band. The hat can be any color you want it to be, depending upon the colors of icing available to you, or you can use food coloring to make white icing any color you desire. Tube frostings make it easy to create designs on the snowman’s hat.
You can leave the snowman cake with just white frosting or you can sprinkle shredded coconut all over it to create a different and flavor. Eyes can be made with Nekko candies, LifeSavers, Hershey’s Kisses, tube frosting or even gum drops. Mouths can be made with chocolate chips, licorice strings, tube frosting or wax lips from a candy store. Buttons for the finished snowman can be any round, flat candy, chocolate chips, tube frosting or even cereal. If you want, you can tie a piece of ribbon into a bow and place it where the body meets the head of the snowman. This can be removed before cutting.
It’s a lot of fun to make a snowman cake but it’s also very easy. Your guests, however, will think you went to a whole lot of trouble and expense to create it. The unique cake will become a family favorite so plan on making one each and every year. But, with so many options for flavors, looks and embellishments the cake will never be the same two years in a row!