This Naked Cake Is the Best Kind of Winter Wonderland

naked winter cake

Oh the weather outside is frightful… so stay inside and bake! This winter cake is perfect for holidays, birthdays, or as a special snow day treat. Plus, it’s easy to customize to whatever you’re celebrating.

Winter Cake

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • One two-layer chocolate cake, baked and cooled
  • 2 cups of whipped cream
  • Small metal offset spatula
  • One 6″ ball of fondant (buy it or make your own)
  • Gel colors in black, green and orange
  • Paring knife
  • Wooden BBQ skewers
  • Scissors
  • Rosemary sprigs, optional
  • Instructions

    1. Stack and Frost

    stacked naked cake

    Top your bottom layer with whipped cream and then stack the other layer on top. Place a large amount of whipped cream on the top layer. Using your offset spatula, spread it across the top in a thick, billowy layer to best resemble snow. Set cake aside in the fridge while you create the rest of your decorations.

    2. Color Your Fondant

    fondant balls

    Add food coloring to your fondant. You’ll need black fondant for the snowman’s hat, eyes and buttons, a small amount of orange for the carrot nose, and green for the trees.

    3. Build the Snowman

    fondant snowman

    Using your white fondant, make three balls of varying sizes to create the snowman. (Our bottom ball was 2-inches round and they got slightly smaller from there.)

    building fondant snowman

    Cut one of your wooden BBQ sticks in half. Stack your white fondant balls onto the wooden stick, as shown above.

    4. Add the Details

    black pieces of fondant

    To make the snowman’s hat, make a small ball of fondant by rolling it between your hands. Flatten it with your finger to make a flat circle — this will be the hat’s brim. Create another ball of black fondant, and shape it into the top part of the hat, as shown above. Roll a tiny bit of orange fondant between your hands to make a long, skinny piece, and place that where the brim meets the top to create a hat ribbon.

    built fondant snowman

    Place the hat on the wooden stick as well, pushing the snowman all the way up so the wooden stick pokes out of the bottom. Keep the snowman lying on his side for now.

    finished fondant snowman

    Add tiny balls of black fondant for the buttons and eyes, as well as a carrot-shaped orange fondant nose.

    5. Make the Fondant Trees

    fondant trees

    Create triangular shapes for the trees and add skewers. Use a knife to create branches.

    6. Set the Scene On Your Cake

    naked winter cake

    Place your cake toppers into your “field” of snowy whipped cream. Add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and a little sign that says “Happy Winter” if you like!

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