Today in National Ugly Sweater Day. Getting my guys to wear their ugly sweaters isn’t easy, especially Kiddo. Getting them to help me with an ugly sweater cake is a snap. Naturally, I had to keep my eye on them to make sure the decorations made it to the cake rather than becoming a snack.
If this cake looks familiar, it’s a recipe I shared last year just after Christmas. Since I don’t make my Christmas Cakes until Christmas morning, it’s impossible to share the recipe in advance. This one was so much fun, I had to share even though it was too late for Christmas. And that’s why I’m sharing it again, with time to spare.
This year’s cake is going to be a snowman with a hat and scarf. It’s a recipe my Dad used when we were kids. You’ll just have to wait until after Christmas to see how that one turns out. And, like last year’s Ugly Sweater, I’ll share it again the following Christmas.
There is no wrong way to decorate an Ugly Sweater Cake, so get the whole family involved. Have fun creating warm memories. Hope you have a great day!
Ugly Sweater Cake
1/2 cup Butter, melted
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
2 cups Water
2 boxes French Vanilla White Cake Mix
Kelly Green Food Coloring as needed
Red No Taste Food Coloring as needed
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare 13-inch by 15-inch baking pan with Wilton’s Cake Release, or light grease and flour the pan. Set aside until ready to use.
Melt butter in the microwave in a bowl or glass measuring cup. Set aside for a few minutes for the butter to cool slightly.
In a mixing bowl, beat vegetable oil, butter and water until blended. Add eggs, one at a time and incorporate into liquid.
Add cake mix, beat 30 seconds on low, then slowly increase speed and beat 2 minutes on medium, until well blended.
Divide the batter in thirds and place in separate bowls. Tint one bowl red, the other green, leaving the third bowl vanilla-white. Pour all of the vanilla batter into prepared cake pan, smooth out.
Using a spoon, drop tinted batter throughout pan. With a knife, swirl tinted batter to create red and green “marbling” throughout cake.
Place cake in oven and bake until just done, about 30-40 minutes. Check after 30 minutes and continue to cook until cake is just cooked, checking every few minutes to avoid over-cooking.
Remove cake from oven, cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan, invert onto large cutting board, then invert again onto cake board so that cake is right-side up. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
1/2 cup Solid Butter-Flavored Vegetable Shortening
1 1/2 cup Butter, softened
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
8 cups Powdered Sugar
6 tablespoons Heavy Cream (approximately)
Red No Taste Food Coloring as needed
Green Food Coloring as needed
Cream vegetable shortening and butter in a mixing bowl. Add Vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, sift powdered sugar. Add sugar a little at a time to the creamed butter mixture, allowing sugar to blend completely between additions. Whip, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary, until all the sugar has been added. Frosting will appear dry and stiff.
Add cream, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Remove about 1 1/2 cups of frosting and set aside. Tint remaining frosting a deep red. Using an offset spatula, spread the red frosting over the cooled cake into an even and smooth finish.
With the reserved frosting, pipe the white frosting onto the cake to create the neckline and down the middle of the sweater. Use the chocolate chips to create the buttons down the front of the sweater.
Tint any remaining frosting green for more piping as desired. It’s time to decorate.
Ugly Sweater Decorations
6 Chocolate Chips for buttons
6 Christmas Themed Marshmallows Peeps
12 Christmas Sugar Decorations (ornaments, gingerbread people, little candy canes)
16 Christmas Sugar Lights
Christmas Chocolates wrapped in Holiday Foil (optional)
Use Marshmallow Peeps to create a border at the bottom of the cake. The assorted sugar decorations can then adorn the sweater as desired. Play around, have fun.
Note: To get the decorations to hold in place on the cake, lightly brush the underside with a little clear corn syrup.