How To Make Individual Ornament Cakes

If you're looking for a show stopping Christmas dessert, look no further than our Individual Ornament Cakes. They look complicated, but in fact, they're deceptively easy. They start with a ball shaped chocolate mold that we coat with a layer of chocolate. Then, we layer in some cake and buttercream and flip them out of the mold. After we apply a thin coat of piping gel, we douse them in various sparkly sugar colors and garnish them with a fondant snowflake to finish. A seriously top notch dessert that's seriously simple.


The cake layers really benefit from tasting great so we recommend our Vanilla Cake Recipe or our Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe for maximum flavor. But, if you're pressed for time, a box mix will do just fine. We also prefer a more subtle buttercream so we opted for Mary's Meringue Buttercream, but you do you.


RECIPE NOTES: You will be cutting your baked cake horizontally into 1" thick layers so that you can then, cut out small circles to fill the ornaments. A small sheet cake will make this easier but use what you have.

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Ball Chocolate Mold
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Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Mold
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Fat Daddio's White Rolled Fondant Icing - 8 oz
$6.95
Piping Gel Tube
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White Sanding Sugar - 4 oz.
$3.95
Light Green Sanding Sugar - 4 oz.
$3.95

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Light Pink Sanding Sugar - 4 oz.
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STEP 1: PREP THE ORNAMENT DECORATIVE ACCENTS

Heat some of the white candy coating on half power in the microwave, stirring frequently until melted (do not overheat or it could burn). Spoon it into the Peanut Butter Cup Mold cavities. Freeze for 10 minutes and pop them out of the mold.

Heat half of the white candy coating on half power in the microwave, stirring frequently until melted (do not overheat or it could burn).

Heat half of the white candy coating on half power in the microwave, stirring frequently until melted (do not overheat or it could burn).

Roll some white fondant into a small worm shape, bend it in half and then use a knife to cut it flat at the bottom. Set the loops aside to dry.

Our step by step photo tutorial shows you how to make these adorable and easy ornament cakes for Christmas dessert!

Roll some fondant out thinly and use a snowflake punch cutter to cut out snowflakes. Set them aside to dry.

Our step by step photo tutorial shows you how to make these adorable and easy ornament cakes for Christmas dessert!

STEP 2: COAT THE MOLDS AND FILL WITH CAKE

Remelt the coating and spoon a tablespoon into each mold cavity. Use the back of a spoon or a paintbrush to spread an even layer. If you spill any outside the mold, wipe it away with a paper towel before continuing so that you have a clean edge. Place the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Our step by step photo tutorial shows you how to make these adorable and easy ornament cakes for Christmas dessert!

Cut your cake into 1" thick layers and then use a circle cutter or a knife to cut out tiny layers of cake. We used a 2" and a 2 1/2" diameter circle of cake in each ball. Remove the mold from the freezer and layer the tiny cakes in the mold using buttercream in between. Press them down so that they don't extend past the top of the mold or trim if necessary.

Our step by step photo tutorial shows you how to make these adorable and easy ornament cakes for Christmas dessert!

Our step by step photo tutorial shows you how to make these adorable and easy ornament cakes for Christmas dessert!

Our step by step photo tutorial shows you how to make these adorable and easy ornament cakes for Christmas dessert!

Spoon some melted coating on the back of the cake and spread it thinly with a spatula or knife, sealing the mold. Place the mold back in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Our step by step photo tutorial shows you how to make these adorable and easy ornament cakes for Christmas dessert!

Our step by step photo tutorial shows you how to make these adorable and easy ornament cakes for Christmas dessert!

STEP 3: POP THE CAKES OUT AND COVER WITH SANDING SUGAR

Flip the cakes out of the mold and let them come to room temperature so that they do not have any condensation on the exterior. To speed things up, you can dab them with a paper towel. Once dry, use some melted candy coating to attach the top to the ornament. 

Then, use a brush to spread a thin layer of piping gel anywhere you want the sanding sugar to stick.

Our step by step photo tutorial shows you how to make these adorable and easy ornament cakes for Christmas dessert!

Sprinkle them heavily with sanding sugar. It helps to have them on parchment or wax paper so that you can lift the paper and funnel the sugar back into the jar.

Our step by step photo tutorial shows you how to make these adorable and easy ornament cakes for Christmas dessert!

Add the dried fondant loops by dipping each one into melted coating and then holding it in place on the top until it dries. Squeeze a few dots of piping gel on the back of the snowflakes and press them onto the ornaments.

Our step by step photo tutorial shows you how to make these adorable and easy ornament cakes for Christmas dessert!

Our step by step photo tutorial shows you how to make these adorable and easy ornament cakes for Christmas dessert!

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