This snow globe cake with tiny cake pop snowmen is the wintry treat every party needs.
Seeing a snow globe for the first time is magical. I can remember getting one as a kid and being totally mesmerized by the falling snow and the tiny little figurines under the dome. I spent hours playing with it, shaking it and watching the snow fly. I remember thinking how cold the people in my globe must be with all the water and snow swirling around them. I'm sure my young brain understood they weren't real, but my vivid imagination made me think otherwise!
So, when I set out to create my own snow globe out of cake, I decided to put snowmen inside – since they’re made of snow and I'm pretty sure they really like the cold. You can put just about anything inside, so have fun and get creative!
Start out by making your favorite Betty Crocker Cake mix and dividing it between two 6-inch round baking pans. I used Party Rainbow Chip because it’s colorful and fun.
Bake the cakes, allow them to cool, then cut off the domed tops and cut each cake into 2 equal layers. Don't start snacking just yet, you'll use the cake scraps later.
I like to pop my cakes into the freezer for a few hours at this point so my cakes are easier to frost, but you can proceed with frosting them now if you'd like. Stack three cake layers with frosting in between each layer.
I carved the top layer just so the shape of the snow globe's base looked more natural. This is also why I froze the cake – it's much easier to carve.
Frost the entire cake, then set it aside for about an hour so the frosting becomes firm. This will make covering it with fondant easier.
While the cake is resting, crumble all the reserved pieces of cake into small pieces. Add 2 tablespoons of frosting and mix well. If needed, add more frosting – a small amount at a time until you can easily form balls that will hold together. Now you're going to make three snowmen cake pops using this dough. Scoop out 9 varying sizes of dough and roll into balls, then stack them into snowmen. Set a clear glass globe over the snowmen to make sure they fit without touching the glass.
Dip a lollipop stick into some melted white confectionery coating and insert it into the largest ball of cake pop dough. Add another dab of coating and add a second ball of dough, then do the same for the top ball of dough. The stick should not pop through the top ball. Repeat creating all three of your snowmen. Allow that candy coating to dry before dipping them.
Carefully dip the snowmen into melted white confectionery coating, remove the pops, and allow the excess to drip off. You may need to run your finger around the grooves to remove enough candy coating to really see the shape of the snowmen. Don't worry about being messy, you wont' see it.
Immediately sprinkle shimmering white decorating sugar all over the snowman. Once dipped, you'll need to stand the pops up until they're dry. You can use a cake pop stand or a piece of Styrofoam Pop the snowman in the freezer for 3-5 minutes until the candy coating is hard. Repeat, dipping all the snowmen cake pops.
Have fun decorating your snowmen with fondant and candies. I added black fondant buttons and eyes and a orange candy coated sunflower seeds for noses. I also wrapped a blue fondant scarf around each snowman. You can get creative and decorate your snowmen in your own unique way.
To cover my cake, I chose to marbleize blue and white fondant for a cool effect. I just took 12 ounces of royal blue and 12 ounces of white fondant, and kneaded them together just until the two colors swirled together nicely. I really like how it compliments the snowy effect inside the globe.
Once your fondant is colored, roll it into a 1/4-inch thick 16-inch circle (or rectangle, as is the case with mine).
Cover the cake in fondant. (Want step-by-step instructions?)
Arrange your snowmen in the center of the cake, poking the lollipop sticks in. Set the glass globe on top to make sure they don't touch the glass. When you remove the glass you should have an indentation where the edge of the glass touched the top of the cake.
Remove the snowmen and use the indentation as a guide. Spread a thin layer of frosting within that circle, and sprinkle more of the shimmering decorating sugar over top, keeping the holes uncovered. I found it easiest to put a round cookie cutter around the area before sprinkling. It helped contain the sugar.
Put the snowmen back on the cake.
Store your cake at room temperature until you're ready to share it with family and friends. Then place the glass globe on top. If you need to have the globe on the cake for several hours, add dowels inside the cake for support.
Serve this snow globe cake at your next holiday party for a special, magical treat!
Beth happily spends her days creating fun food and handmade chocolate and enjoys sharing step-by-step tutorials with her readers on her blog Hungry Happenings. Be sure to check out her profile to see all the other festive foods she's made for Tablespoon.com.