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Melting Snowman Surprise Cake

  • Prep 2 hr 15 min
  • Total 5 hr 0 min
  • Servings 18
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A cute, melting snowman cake with snowballs hiding inside. MORE + LESS -

Beth Klosterboer Beth Klosterboer
December 10, 2014


(16 oz) boxes Betty Crocker™ pound cake mix
2 1/2
cups eggnog
large eggs
teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
teaspoon rum extract (optional)
gumball snowballs or small white round gumballs
to 3 tubs Betty Crocker™ Whipped white frosting
cup shimmering decorating sugar
ounces black fondant
ounce orange fondant
ounces brown or swirled brown fondant


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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • 2
    Spray two half-sphere baking pans and one 9x13-inch baking pan with baking spray.
  • 3
    Beat cake mix, eggnog, eggs, nutmeg, vanilla and rum extract (if using) on low speed for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
  • 4
    Fill both half-sphere baking pans until the batter reaches 1 inch below the top rim. Pour the remaining batter into the 9x13-inch pan.
  • 5
    Place the cakes in the oven. Bake the 9x13-inch cake for 22 to 25 minutes, quickly remove it from the oven, then continue to bake the half-sphere cakes for a total of 55 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • 6
    Allow the cakes to cool completely.
  • 7
    Trim the half-sphere cakes; removing any cake that has risen above the edge of the pan.
  • 8
    Remove cakes from baking pans.
  • 9
    Cut a 3 1/2 inch round by 2 inch deep well in the center of each half-sphere cake.
  • 10
    Fill each well with gumball snowballs.
  • 11
    Spread a thin layer of frosting on one cake.
  • 12
    Cut a 3 1/2-inch round by 1/2-inch thick piece of cake from the cake scraps. Set it on top of the gumballs on the unfrosted cake. Flip that cake over on top of the other half-sphere cake.
  • 13
    Carve the 9x13-inch cake into a melting snow puddle shape.
  • 14
    Frost that cake with white frosting, then sprinkle shimmering decorating sugar over the top.
  • 15
    Set the sphere cake on top of that cake, frost it, and cover it with shimmering decorating sugar to make the snowman's head.
  • 16
    Sculpt two eyes and three buttons out of the black fondant, one carrot nose out of the orange fondant, and two twig-like arms out of the brown fondant.
  • 17
    Attach two eyes to the snowman's head. Insert a small wooden dowel into the fondant carrot and then insert it into the cake. Set the three buttons and two arms onto the snow puddle cake, arranging them as if your snowman has melted.
  • 18
    Serve the cake whole, then cut into it to reveal the snowballs hiding inside.

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More About This Recipe
Serve up this super cute cake for a fun holiday treat that'll make everyone smile. 

Years ago, Meaghan Mountford from The Decorated Cookie whipped up a batch of sugar cookies, cut them into puddle-like shapes, frosted them with royal icing snow, topped them with a fondant snowman head, and added some buttons and arms in the puddle. Thus, the melting snowman cookie craze was born. It was adorable and has become one of the most popular decorated cookies for the winter holidays.

I love Meaghan's cookies and needed a large dessert for a party, so I thought it would be fun to create a melting snowman cake! To make it even more special I hid snowballs (actually gumballs) inside my cake, so when I cut into it the snowballs came rolling out. My guests were dazzled, as I'd hoped they would be!

Since I wanted a very sturdy cake to turn into a melting snowman, I chose to use Betty Crocker pound cake mix. I made it really festive by making it egg nog-flavored with a hint of nutmeg and a splash of vanilla. 

To make the eggnog pound cake, start by using two Betty Crocker pound cake mixes and divide the batter between two half-sphere cake pans and a 9x13-inch pan. Fill each half-sphere cake pan so that the batter comes 1 inch from the rim of the pan, then spread the remaining batter into the 9x13-inch pan.

I put all three cakes into one oven, then pulled the flat pan out once it was baked and continued to bake the other two cakes.

Once the cakes have cooled, level the cakes, cutting off any cake that has risen above the edge of the pan.

Then you want to create the wells inside each cake for the snowballs. I found it easiest to use a 3 1/2 inch round cookie cutter to cut a nice circle into each of the half sphere cakes, then I just scooped out about 2 inches of the cake. Cut a round plug out of your cake scraps and place over one of the holes. Then when you flip the cake upside down the gumballs won't spill out.

Fill each well with candy snowballs.

Then put the plug on top of one side. Flip that cake over on top of the other to create your snowman head.

Carve the thin flat cake into whatever shape you'd like so you can use it as the snow puddle. As you are carving the cake it's best to also cut your cake board into the same shape before you start frosting. I didn't, and had to cut it later. It was a bit messy!

Frost the bottom cake with Betty Crocker Whipped White Frosting, then sprinkle on some shimmering decorating sugar.

Set the snowman head on top of the frosted cake and then frost it.

Sprinkle more shimmering sugar all over the snowman head.

Create two eyes, a carrot nose, three buttons, and two twig arms out of fondant.

Attach the fondant eyes and carrot nose to the snowman's face. I suggest putting a wood dowel into the carrot nose before attaching it to the snowman's face. Then set the buttons and arms in the snow puddle.

Serve the cake to your guests and watch their excitement as you cut into it to reveal the snowballs hiding inside!

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

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