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Giant Snow Globe Cake

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Giant Snow Globe Cake
  • Prep Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 0 min
  • Servings 8
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Giant Snow Globe Cake

A cake decorated like a snow globe, filled with snowman cake pops and edible snow!

Ingredients

1
box Betty Crocker™ cake mix (any flavor you like)
Eggs, water, oil called for on package
2-3 tubs Betty Crocker™ Whipped white frosting
16
ounces white confectionery coating wafers, melted
2
ounces shimmering white decorating sugar
1
ounce black fondant
3
orange candy-coated sunflower seeds
14
ounces white fondant
12
ounces royal blue fondant

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  • 2 Make cake mix according to package instructions.
  • 3 Spray two 6-inch round cake pans with baking spray.
  • 4 Evenly divide batter among pans.
  • 5 Bake cakes for 45-48 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  • 6 Allow cakes to cool for 15 minutes, then remove them from pans and allow them to cool completely.
  • 7 Cut domed top off of cakes and cut each cake into two even layers.
  • 8 Set one cake layer on a cake board. Frost the top of that layer, set another layer on top, add frosting, and put a third and final layer on top.
  • 9 Frost the entire cake and set aside.
  • 10 Take all the remaining cake and crumble it in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of frosting and mix well to create cake ball dough. If needed, add more frosting a little at a time until the dough easily forms balls.
  • 11 Roll nine balls of dough in varying sizes to make three snowmen that will fit on top of your cake and under the glass dome you will be using to make your snow globe.
  • 12 Put each snowman on a lollipop stick using some melted confectionery coating.
  • 13 Dip each snowman into the white confectionery coating, remove and allow excess coating to drip off.
  • 14 Immediately sprinkle the shimmering decorating sugar all over the snowman.
  • 15 Decorate the snowmen with black fondant eyes and buttons, an orange sunflower seed nose and fondant scarfs. Reserve 2 ounces of white fondant.
  • 16 Knead the remaining 12 ounces of white fondant with the blue fondant just until the colors swirl together.
  • 17 Roll fondant out and cover cake.
  • 18 Roll the reserved white fondant out and cut decorations to attach to the cake.
  • 19 Set glass globe over fondant-covered cake to mark the edge of the globe, then remove.
  • 20 Using the mark on the fondant as a guide, spread white frosting inside the mark. Sprinkle shimmering sugar over the frosting.
  • 21 Insert the snowmen lollipops into the cake, making sure they fit under the glass globe.
  • 22 Just before serving, place the glass globe on the cake.
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A festive cake that's a holiday decoration you can eat!

As prepared by Hungry Happenings,

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!

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

Once your fondant is colored, roll it into a 1/4-inch thick 16-inch circle (or rectangle, as is the case with mine).

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

Cover the cake in fondant. (Want step-by-step instructions?)

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

Personalize the base of your snow globe using fondant decorations. I rolled out white fondant and cut out the words, "Let it Snow" along with some snowflakes, then attached them with a small amount of water. To make the snowflakes, I dusted a candy mold with a lot of corn starch, pressed fondant into the snowflake cavities, turned the mold upside down, and tapped it until the fondant snowflakes fell out. You can also use cookies cutters or plunger cutters to make the snowflakes.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

 

Giant Snow Globe 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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

Put the snowmen back on the cake.

 

Giant Snow Globe 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.

 

Giant Snow Globe Cake

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.

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