Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake

If the sweater above was real and not made of cake and buttercream, would you wear it? (I hope you said no!) Would you wear it to an ugly Christmas sweater party? (I  hope you said yes!)

A few weeks ago Wilton sent me a sample of their Decorator’s Choice cake mix, and I’ve been ruminating on what to make with it ever since. Then recently, their Christmas product box arrived at my front doorstep with a Sweater Cake Pan inside. It was a done deal, folks. I giggled all the way to the kitchen.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake

The pan holds exactly 1 box of cake mix (convenient!), and what’s better, the baked cake releases from the non-stick pan beautifully! The cake mix is designed to have a sturdy texture and yields less crumbs on the outside – and that’s exactly what I experienced. I don’t think I’ve ever had a cake that turned out of the pan with such a flawless surface! It’s tasty, too, and not at all dense or tough.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake

As for the decorating, I covered the cake in buttercream tinted with Wilton’s No-Taste Red gel food color. The rest of the decorations were made with ready-made fondant and sprinkles. I had no template or plan for the ugly sweater – I just listened to my inner ugly sweater-designer (smile).

Decorating the cake with the fondant pieces was so easy. I just placed the shapes on top of the buttercream and they adhered well without the addition of water or corn syrup. I tooled around each fondant cut-out with a gum paste quilting wand, and that really transformed the cake and made it look “sewn”. You can find a link to this tool at the end of the post – I loved the effect!

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake

Below you’ll find links to all the items you’ll need to make the sweater cake. In hindsight, I wish I’d had some mini ornament or snowflake cookie cutters.That would have made life a little simpler, but still, I think the cake turned out pretty cute.

And pretty ugly!

Ugly Sweater Cake Materials:

Sweater Cake Pan

Wilton’s Decorator Preferred Cake Mix, baked as directed in the Sweater Cake Pan

Wilton’s Decorator Preferred Fondantin green, yellow and white

Wilton No-Taste Red Gel Food Color

Fondant quilting tool

Jumbo Christmas Nonpareils

Jumbo quins

Silver sprinkles

You can find my buttercream recipe here, and my button-making technique at the very bottom of this post.

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Colette (Coco)
Colette (Coco)
6 years ago

TOO funny!
Looks so cute. Gotta make one!

Sue
Sue
6 years ago

This is so cute, Heather! Love the whimsy and bright colors!

Beauty Follower
Beauty Follower
6 years ago

Such a playful cake!

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