This snowman cake is so easy and the icing is perfectly smooth that it will look like you used fondant. (It doesn’t use fondant icing at all!) It’s such a sweet snowman face cake and perfect for Christmas desserts and holiday baking. File under: one of the best snowman cake ideas ever!
We made this snowman cake for our family Christmas party one year and it was a huge hit.
(The kids especially loved it!)
The great thing about snowmen is that they are all winter fun, so you can make them anytime during the season (and not just at Christmas or holidays).
Don’t be intimidated by the cake because, thanks to store-bought cake mix and icing, this was actually one of the easiest cakes I’ve ever made!
Definitely add this to your cute christmas desserts “must bake” recipes!
(It’s such a fun cake to decorate with kids!)
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How To Make Snowman Cake
The trick to this cake was our snowman cake pan (and also how to smooth the icing without using fondant, but more on that later!).
So, the cake pan is a 3-D (“half circle”) pan called a hemisphere pan.
It rocks and was a great addition to our baking tools.
This baking pan is versatile and good for so much more than baking a snowman cake!
(So, don’t worry it’s worth it!)
I’m going to make a ball of some kind with it, too, and a volcano, and an owl, and a spaceship, and maybe a pig and, and, and…
What can I use instead of fondant?
I decided to make a cake without fondant because my daughter really hates fondant.
She has a bad memory of the first time we tried using fondant on a cake and we didn’t roll it thin enough (because we didn’t know) and it was like six inches thick.
(Kidding, but it felt like it.)
She pulled that fondant off her birthday cake and has never liked it since then.
(Who can blame her?)
Anyway . . .
I know people love fondant, but this snowman cake with icing is way better (and easier) than a fondant snowman cake (in my opinion)!
However, the big issue is how do you make icing or buttercream so smooth it looks like fondant—especially when making a snowman dessert because you want smooth icing.
You can try it with a cake icing smoother, but I have an easier (and better) trick:
A warm spatula.
Here’s what you do:
Warm a mug of water in the microwave until it is hot and place a rubber spatula in it to warm up.
Using another spatula (or cake icing knife), ice the cake with the white icing as you normally would.
Then, remove the warm spatula from the water and smooth over the icing on the cake with the warm spatula, working in sections. (You’ll definitely want to use a revolving cake stand for this. It’s so much easier!)
Also, you can leave some warm water on the spatula. It will help smooth down the icing.
In between sections, wipe of the spatula and re-warm it in the mug of hot water. (You may have to warm the water up a few times.)
Continue until the icing is completely smooth, warming the spatula and smoothing the icing.
Then, you’ll just need a piping bag and tips (and different colored icing) for the face and scarf.
Easy Snowman Cake Ideas:
If you don’t want to make a snowman face cake and want a full snowman, try this pan instead.
Snowman Cake paired with The Snowman Children’s Book
This is a fun baking project that you can use with any winter, snowman, or even Christmas book.
However, we recommend pairing your snowman cake project up with the book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.
It’s a “wordless book,” but the beautiful illustrations encourage your child to create their own story!
(We love the books with amazing drawings that encourage us to make up are own stories!)
There’s also an animated movie based on the children’s book.
(This would also be a fun frosty the snowman cake after watching the Frosty movie!)
Easy Snowman Cake Recipe
Look, it’s the holidays and you already have a million things to do.
So, DO NOT even beat yourself up that this recipe for snowman cake uses boxed cake mix.
(And, we won’t tell your cake baking secret if you don’t tell!)
The only snowman cake decorations you’ll need are a few candies (for eyes and mouth) and some icing piped for his scarf and carrot nose!
- 1 box of favorite cake mix (plus ingredients for making)
- 1 tub each of white, red, blue and orange icing (with a piping bag)
- 2 Junior Mints (for the eyes)
- Chocolate chips (for the mouth)
TO MAKE THE CAKE:
- Grease and flour a hemisphere cake pan.
- Mix and bake cake according to package directions.
- After baking, immediately turn cake upside down on a wire cake rack.
- Place a wet dishtowel on the outside of the pan (to help loosen the cake). Let pan and cake sit until cool.
- Gently remove pan from the cake and let cake cool completely before decorating.
TO DECORATE THE CAKE:
- Ice the cake with a thin layer of white icing. Place the iced caked in the refrigerator until icing is hard and set.
- Fill a coffee mug with hot water and place a rubber cake icing spatula in the water.
- Put a second layer of white icing on the cake, using the hot icing knife to make the icing look smooth (like fondant). When you need more icing, wipe the knife off and place in the hot water to warm before each icing. Smooth the second layer of icing, working in sections and smooth with the hot icing knife. (You may need to "warm" the rubber spatula multiple times throughout the process.)
- Once the layer of white icing is smooth, make the scarf. With a piping bag, pipe a scarf, alternating red and blue colors, all the way around. (I used an "M" shape for the scarf).
- For the ear muffs, use the decorating icing in blue and pipe a smooth line across the snowman's head from one side to the other, stopping halfway down the cake. (Use the hot cake icing knife to smooth it down, if needed.) Pipe big red circles at the end of the blue line on either side (for the muffs covering ears).
- On the front of the cake, place the two Junior Mints on the cake for eyes.
- For the carrot nose, use the orange decorating icing and pipe, starting in the center just under the eyes, and pipe it going out to the side. Start larger and get smaller at the tip to give it perspective.
- Turn chocolate chips to the flat side and use them for the smile, pushing them gently into the icing for the mouth.
- Using red icing, pipe rosy cheeks on either side of the smile.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g
Enjoy your winter / Christmas snowman cake!
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