Igloo Cake How-To

This simple igloo cake uses a ball shaped pan and a donut to create the basic dome shape. Broken chocolate "ice" is an easy way to give texture to the cake without it having to be exact and a perfect occasion for little hands to help. You can definitley use a box mix and storebought frosting for this project, but we feel like making a cake from scratch is what we prefer. Check out our Vanilla Cake Recipe, Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe and Brenda's Bakery Buttercream for our go to icing recipe.


Looking for more holiday cake ideas? See our Knitted Hat Cake tutorial and our Piped Christmas Tree tutorial for more inspiration!


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Vanilla Cake (See Recipe Section)
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Hemisphere Sports Ball Cake Pan
$13.95
12 oz. Creamy White Candy Coating
$5.95
White Sanding Sugar - 4 oz.
$3.95

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3/4 oz Sky Blue Gel Paste Food Coloring
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White Glitter Tape - 3yds x .625"

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White Sucker Sticks 6" x 5/32"-Set of 50
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INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: BAKE AND ICE CAKE

Divide the cake batter between the ball pan and the 6" pan and bake accordingly. Once cool, wrap the layers in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours to firm up the cake. Mix blue food coloring into 2/3 the icing until light blue and set the rest aside. Place the ball on top of the 6" layer with icing in between and place on the cake stand or display board a little to the right to make room for the trees. Next, cut 1/3 off the bottom of the donut and then trim the back flat to fit to the front of the cake.

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

Use a spatula to coat the exterior of the cake, trying to keep the icing as smooth as possible.

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

When you are done, it will look like this.

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

STEP 2 : MAKE BROKEN ICE AND ADD TO CAKE

Place parchment on a 1/2 sheet tray and set aside. Heat the white candy coating discs on half power in the microwave, stirring frequently until melted. (Do not overheat). Use an offset spatula to spread the coating on the tray into a thin layer (1/8" to 1/4" thick).

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

Immediately sprinkle opal sugar crystals across the entire top of the melted coating. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes, or until firm.This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

Remove the tray from the fridge and let it sit for about 10 minutes, which will make cutting pieces easier. Then, use a craft knife to cut little rectangles to fit on the front of the door.

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

Next, use your hands to break off pieces and apply to the cake where they fit, like a mosaic, until the rest of the cake is complete.

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

STEP 3: FINISH WITH TREES AND GARLAND

Break a little off the open end of one of the ice cream cones to make a shorter tree and then use the remaining white icing to cover the cones. Prop the cones on your fingers to make this easier. Sprinkle in sugar and place by the igloo using a little icing to adhere.

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

OPTIONAL STEP: Next, tie the twine between two sucker sticks to create the garland string and leave excess on each end. (Our string measures 7" between the two sticks). Cut 2" pieces of white glitter tape and fold them in half over the twine, pressing to adhere. Then use scissors to trim each piece into a triangle.

Place the garland in the cake. Smear any remaining buttercream around the base of the cake and sprinkle with additional opal sanding sugar to finish.

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

This easy igloo cake is a perfect Winter or Christmas kid friendly cake

 

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