If you're looking for a novelty cake to whip up with the kids or if you're out to impress this festive period with a playful baked creation then look no further than our fabulously fun melting snowman cake tutorial! This how-to is absolutely perfect for anyone stuck for time and is brilliant for novice cake decorators too.
Make a melted snowman cake so cute, it would defrost the Grinch's heart!
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- 1 fondant covered cake drum (this should be at least 4" larger in diameter than your cake)
- 1 dome or hemisphere shaped cake (torted, filled, stacked, crumb coated and chilled)
- White fondant
- Gum paste colored in orange and black
- Fondant colored in any hue you'd like your hat or accessories to be
- Snowflake plunger cutters
- Small sharp knife
- Edible glue
- Paint brushes
- White or pearl luster dust
- Cocktail sticks
- Large ball tool
- Confectioner's glaze
- Pastry or pizza cutter
- Rolling pin
- Cornstarch to dust surface
After freshly covering your cake drum or board with fondant emboss a pattern of snowflakes into it with your snowflake plunger cutters.
On a turntable ice your half ball shaped cake with some white fondant and smooth over. This layer of fondant covering is there to help make your end snowman lovely and smooth! Once iced transfer over onto your decorated cake board. Make sure that you place your cake off center unless you have a much larger board as you'll need space for your snowman's melted snow!
Roll out some more white fondant making sure that you check the circumference and depth so that you have a flat circle of fondant that extends further than the domed cake. Once rolled take a small sharp knife and cut wobbly lines around the edge to replicate cartoon-like melted snow. Take your fondant and ice over your cake and board.
Now it's time to start making all the different fun facial features for your snowman! Create a carrot nose with some orange fondant moulded into a conical shape and veined horizontally with either a veining tool or a cocktail stick. Make eyes and a mouth from black fondant rolled or formed into balls. For the melted droplets form white fondant into tapered tear shapes.
Now you can begin adding your snowman's facial features. Attach the carrot nose using a cocktail stick or broken stick of spaghetti and some edible glue. Affix the eyes and mouth by indenting groves into the fondant with a ball tool and a dab or edible glue.
For the hat take some colored fondant and roll into a half circle shape that is the same length as the snowman's head. With a little edible glue attach to the top half of the snowman's head.
Take two contrasting pieces of fondant and roll into ropes that are then carefully twisted together. Lay this across the edge of the fondant hat and affix with edible glue.
To make a cute fluffy pom pom roll some fondant into a ball and scour the entire surface with the tip of a cocktail stick.
A wonderfully quick and painless way to add a knit pattern to your snowman's hat is to use a slim veining tool to indent V-shapes in columns along the fondant's surface.
This delightfully fun Christmas cake is not only fantastic at any holiday party, but it's absolutely perfect for the kid's table during Christmas dinner. What's even better is that you can make this cake even easier to decorate by substituting the fondant facial decorations for tasty candy pieces. We love the idea of a liquorice mouth paired with chocolate button eyes or a gum drop nose!