Celebrate a winter birthday, wedding or baby shower with this Winter Wonderland Snowman Cake. Decorated with meringue cookie snowmen and candy-coated trees, this winter celebration cake is a fun challenge for beginning bakers and decorators. Fill your cake with as many snowmen as you’d like, or use it to announce the coming of a new little snowball to the family! Since several of these decorations need to be made a day in advance, plan ahead while making this cake for a party or celebration.
All decorations, including snowmen and trees, should be made one day in advance.
Make meringue snowmen. Prepare cookie pan with parchment paper. Use straight side of “B”, “C”, “D” and “E” cut-outs to trace circles on back of parchment paper (trace two to three of each size). Additionally, draw two to three circles measuring 1½ in. in size (slightly smaller than “D” cut-out).
Prepare Meringue Cookies Recipe following recipe instructions. Prepare 16 in. decorating bag with tip 2A and meringue batter.
Pipe balls following outlines on parchment paper. Bake and cool following recipe instructions.
Make trees. Using serrated knife, cut four sugar cones ranging in height from 2½ in. to 4 in. high (leave remaining cone untrimmed).
Helpful Hint: Using a food-safe marker, mark cone at cut line. Dip bottom of cone to mark in hot water. Using a serrated knife, cut off bottom of cone.
Prepare royal icing following recipe instructions. Using tapered spatula, ice cones with royal icing. Use spatula to pull out icing from cone, making branches. Immediately sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar (use a sifter or tea strainer to dust trees); set aside to dry overnight. Reserve remaining royal icing.
Assemble snowmen. Prepare parchment bag with reserved royal icing.
Using royal icing, assemble snowmen pieces. For large snowman, combine “B” circle for body with “D” circle for head. For medium snowman, combine “C” circle for body with 1½ in. circle for head. For small snowman, combine “D” circle for body with “E” circle for head. You’ll have extra meringues to chose from, so select the best ones!
Using Black icing color, tint ¼ cup royal icing black.
Prepare parchment bag with tip 2 and black icing. Pipe eyes and buttons on snowmen. Using reserved white royal icing, attach jumbo orange nonpareils for noses.
Using decorating brush and Deep Pink Color Dust, brush on cheeks.
On day of, bake cake. Prepare cake batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool two cake layers. Level, fill and stack cake layers. Using spatula, ice cake, leaving spatula marks on top and on sides of cake.
Decorate cake. Top cake with trees and snowmen. Sprinkle with remaining confectioners’ sugar.