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Reindeer Cake

A Reindeer Cake with bright red and green layers is one of the most fun and festive Christmas cakes ever!
Course: Dessert
Author: Jill

Ingredients

Snowflake Ingredients

  • 1 C Ghirardelli white chocolate melting chips
  • 1 disposable piping bag
  • 1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper

Antlers, Ears and Nose Ingredients

  • 1 box of Chocolate fondant
  • 1 box of white fondant
  • 1 medium Heart cookie cutter
  • 1 small heart cookie cutter
  • parchment paper
  • gold edible mist spray
  • powdered sugar

Reindeer Antlers Ingredients

  • 1 tub of chocolate fondant
  • 1 cutout of reindeer antlers
  • ½ C white chocolate chips melted
  • 1 disposable piping bag
  • 1 container of white sugar crystal sprinkles
  • Nose Ingredients
  • 1 tube of red fondant
  • 1 mini circle cutter

Cake Ingredients

  • 2 Boxes of french vanilla cake mix
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 C water
  • 1 C canola oil
  • Red and green gel food coloring

Chocolate Frosting ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 1 - 8 oz cream cheese soften
  • 1 1.2 Hershey special dark cocoa powder
  • 7 C powder sugar
  • 1/4 C heavy whipping cream

Instructions

Snowflake Directions

  • Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave on 30 second increments
  • Scoop into disposable piping bag
  • Cut the tip off
  • Pipe out about 10 thick snowflakes in different sizes
  • Allow to dry overnight!

Antlers, Ears and Nose Directions

  • Roll out the chocolate fondant and cut out two medium hearts
  • Set them aside.
  • Roll out the white fondant and cut out two small heart white fondant
  • Place the white hearts onto paper towels and spray with edible gold spray
  • Allow to dry overnight
  • Lightly dip your finger into water and dab the back of the gold heart
  • Place the gold hearts onto the chocolate hearts
  • Allow to dry

Antler Directions

  • Roll out the chocolate fondant onto a powdered sugar covered cutting board
  • Cut out the antlers
  • Allow to dry for 2 hours
  • Melt the white chocolate and then pour into the piping bag
  • Cut the tip off and pipe snow drips onto the antler ears
  • Sprinkle some white sugar crystals onto the white chocolate
  • Blow off excess sprinkles
  • Allow to dry overnight!

Nose Directions

  • Mold the red fondant into a ½ inch disk
  • Use the cookie cutter and cut a circle out of the red
  • Allow to dry

Cake Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray the cake pans with pam baking spray
  • Combine all ingredients for the cake into a standing mixer and mix until combined
  • Divide the cake batter into two bowls
  • Mix in a few drops of red gel food coloring into 1 bowl of cake batter and mix until combined
  • Mix in a few drops of green gel food coloring into the second bowl and mix until combined
  • Using the ice cream scooper, scoop some red or green cake batter into the pans
  • Alternate with the red and green cake batters between the three cake pans
  • Bake the cakes for 36-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Allow cakes to cool completely

Frosting Directions

  • Using the standing mixer again, beat the cream cheese and butter until combined and smooth
  • Gradually mix in the cocoa powder
  • Very slowly, beat in the powdered sugar until combined
  • Whisk in the heavy whipping cream until the ice cream is smooth and fluffy
  • Scoop 1 cup of frosting into the large piping bag
  • Using the ice cream scooper, scoop out 4-6 scoops of frosting and smooth evenly on one layer of cake
  • Place another layer of cake on top and spread more frosting
  • Place the last layer on top and frost the remaining cake with remaining frosting
  • Using the large piping bag, pipe dollop of frosting onto the top of the cake and down the side for “Hair”
  • Place the fondant ears onto the top of the cake
  • Place the antler behind the ears
  • Using the black cake frosting, pipe the ears onto the front of the cake
  • Pipe a medium size dot onto the back of the red circle and place in the center of the cake for the nose
  • Carefully remove the white chocolate snowflakes and randomly place all over the “Hair”
  • Using the red and green cake frosting, pipe “Holly” around for decorations
  • Pipe white dots around the hair for snow
  • Sprinkle some white crystal sprinkles around the cake
  • Cut and enjoy!