Colorful Christmas Cake
Do you want to
surprise your guests this year for the holidays?
This colorful Christmas cake is easy to make and will be fun to do with the
kids or grandkids.
To make it we used a box of Betty Crocker SuperMoist Vanilla Cake Mix
purchased from our local grocery.
The batter was prepared according to the instructions on the box, then
divided evenly into two mixing bowls.
One half was colored green with food color. The other half was colored
red. Red food color is always tricky to work with because the batter
will look more pink than red. Just keep adding a few more drops of red
food color and stirring until you get the desired red
The cakes were baked according to the instructions on the package. We
used eight-inch metal baking pans, but you could use a 13 by 9 sheet pan and
make the cake itself plain white. Or you could make it green or red,
depending on your preferences.
Or you could even make cupcakes and let the kids or grandkids help you
Decorating the Cake
We decided to put the green layer on the bottom and then top it with a thick
layer of Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting. Any
store-bought vanilla or white frosting will do. You could even use your
favorite homemade vanilla frosting recipe!
Then the red layer was placed on top and frosted along with the sides of the
cake. We used a thick layer of frosting to help the decorations
stick. (Make sure you get two cans of frosting).
The first decoration used was red and green Wilton Nonpareils
Sprinkles, but you could use any brand of sprinkles as long as they are red and
We threw some Wilton white sparkling sugar sprinkles on top as well.
Next came the green and red hard peppermint candies. They were placed
on their edges all across the top of the cake and some were placed on their
sides along the bottom of the cake plate.
Red and green M&Ms were placed along the top and sides of the cake and
around the bottom of the cake.
You can buy holiday M&Ms in green and red. (Word of advice from
Vickie: don't let your husband eat your decorations while you are working on the
cake. Thanks to him we ran short of the regular red and green M&Ms and
I had to supplement with peanut M&Ms)!
We added some little, light-green Wilton sparkly
sprinkle thingies. We had them in the pantry but the label had fallen off.
After that we added some red and green spice drops (we call them gum
The final touch was some red, green and white Twinkling Tree Sprinkles that
we bought from Hobby Lobby.
When making a colorful Christmas cake like this you could use any decorations
as long as they were the proper colors.
Here's what the cake looked like after it was cut open. We had some
friends over and the cake was half gone before I could get a picture of it!
The idea for this cake came from a picture of a decorated holiday
cheesecake in the Taste of Home 2010 Best Holiday Recipes magazine.
The cake tasted delicious and our friends loved to. The grandkids
thought Grandma was pretty awesome to make such a neat cake!
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