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Ugly Sweater Cake

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Ugly Sweater Cake

It’s Christmas time and also Ugly Sweater season! Have you ever been to an Ugly Sweater party? A lot of you most likely know what I’m talking about, but just in case, let me explain. Its a party where everyone attending wears an ugly sweater (also known as a Christmas sweater with lots of different colors and goofy holiday decorations all over it). To tell you the truth, I secretly love “ugly” Christmas sweaters and I’m so glad that these parties are in style now, so that I can wear fun, festive sweaters and not feel embarassed. (Shhhh! Don’t tell. Thanks!)

Ugly Sweater Cake

We are going to an ugly sweater party in just a couple of weeks, so I wanted to do a test run on a cute cake that looks like said garment. It’s an Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake and isn’t it adorable! I just love it! All the bright colors and cheerful designs that you’d find on the actual cloth version. So much fun. And scrumptious too! It’s a yellow cake underneath with a homemade buttercream frosting on top.

Ugly Sweater Cake

Decorating the cake was easy with NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® Jingle Bells and NESTLÉ® CRUNCH® Jingles. The brightly colored foil was just the right touch for my cake. I found them at Walmart in the seasonal section. But hurry, because they won’t be there long. I also picked up a package of the NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Famous Fudge Kit. It makes making fudge so simple with everything you need in one box. Fudge is also a great gift for teachers or friends.

Ugly Sweater Cake

I used a yellow cake mix for this recipe. I prepared it according to the package instructions and baked in a greased 13″ x 9″ baking pan for about 30 minutes at 350°F. Then I let it cool completely. (It’s actually ideal if you can cover and refrigerate the cake for a few hours before decorating but you don’t have to if you’re in a hurry.)

Ugly Sweater Cake

Meanwhile, whip up this super awesome buttercream frosting. I’ve posted this recipe before, but it’s just so delicious. I think it’s especially important to use homemade frosting if you’re using a store bought mix for the cake. After mixing up the frosting, I reserved about 1 1/2 cups to keep white and then colored the rest red. I used red food coloring paste. Set aside 1/3 cup of red frosting, then use the rest to frost the cake.

Frosting-Cake

After frosting the cake in red, put it in the refrigerater for about an hour, so it will set.

Ugly Sweater Cake

You’ll need 3 pastry bags for decorating. One with a #3 tip (red frosting), one with a #5 tip (white) and one with a #1M tip (white).

Ugly Sweater Cake

Pretty NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® Jingle Bells and NESTLÉ® CRUNCH® Jingles!

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For the label of the sweater, I used a little bit of green fondant, rolled it out and cut into a small rectangle. Then I piped the word “ugly” with the red frosting. Use the #1M tip to pipe the lines to create the neck of the sweater and the middle section for the buttons. Add chocolate chips for the buttons. Use the #5 tip to pipe the strings for the “Jingle lights”. I also added some holiday candies for an added touch.

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I’m so happy with how this cake came out. I will definitely bring it to the Ugly Sweater Party we’re going to later this month.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. You can find more creative recipes at the Flavorful Moments Pinterest Board.

Ugly Sweater Cake

Ingredients

  • For the cake
  • 1 yellow cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
  • For the frosting
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (use clear vanilla flavoring for whiter frosting)
  • Red food coloring paste
  • For the decoration
  • 1 package NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® Jingle Bells
  • 1 package NESTLÉ® CRUNCH® Jingles
  • Chocolate chips
  • Holiday candies
  • Green fondant

Instructions

  1. Prepare cake according to package instructions. Let cool completely. If possible, refrigerate covered for a few hours to make it easy to work with when frosting, but you can skip this step if you're in a hurry. Place cake on a large platter or cake board.
  2. Make the frosting:
  3. Beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla extract with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Add more powdered sugar if frosting is too thin or more cream if mixture is too thick. Reserve about 1 1/2 cups of frosting to keep white, then color the rest red. (Note: I used 2 heaping teaspoons of the "no taste" red food coloring paste. It looks like it isn't red enough at first, but gets darker after it sits for awhile.)
  4. Reserve 1/3 cup of red frosting, then use the rest to frost the cake. Refrigerate for one hour.
  5. Meanwhile place half of the white frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a #5 tip and the other half of the frosting fitted with a #1M tip. Fill a third pastry bag fitted with a #3 tip with the remaining red frosting.
  6. Pipe a "V" shape at the top of cake with the #1M tip and then a line down the middle. Create string designs with the #5 tip. Roll out a 1/2" x 1" rectangle of green fondant for the label. Pipe the word "ugly" in red. Add the NESTLÉ® Jingles and holiday candies. Surround the base of the cake with the extra NESTLÉ® Jingles. Use chocolate chips for buttons.
  7. Serve immediately or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
http://www.ilovecookies.net/ugly-sweater-cake/

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21 Responses to Ugly Sweater Cake

  1. I am in LOVE with this cake!!! I am saving this for our Christmas party. I need to stock up on my Nestle products and get to baking. This is so much fun! Thanks for sharing! -client

  2. This is the most creative cake I’ve ever seen!

  3. Holly says:

    That is a neat idea to bring to a party!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Looks great and I’m going to make it but you never said what to do with the red frosting in the bag with the #3 tip. Lol

  5. @Stephanie – It’s in there. It says, “Pipe the word “ugly” in red.” Glad you like it. Thanks!

  6. Dorothy – Thanks so much!
    Holly – Definitely great for a party! 🙂

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  10. Linda says:

    Glad I found this great idea for a cake…very cute. I have an ugly sweater party to go to next weekend and will try to make it. I don’t have fondant so my plan is to use part of a flat candy bar as the label and write “ugly” on it. I was able to find the jingles but where did you find the “holiday candies”? Any suggestions if I am unable to find them?
    Thanks.

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  16. Linda says:

    I made the cake yesterday. Bought a new Wilton pan because I know from past experience that cakes “fall out ” of their pans so much easier. I used white cake.
    Guess I didn’t realize a single packaged cake would not be enough batter so I had to bake 2 layers as the first cake did not come out very high. Worked out ok, I put pudding between the layers.

    I was unable to get the red frosting as deep a color as yours even though I used an entire little jar of the Wilton coloring paste.
    My Walmart did not have the little candies. I found them at AC Moore.
    I used the butter finger bells and Reese’s pieces bells.
    I did use part of a Hershey snack bar for the label and wrote “ugly ” in white frosting.
    That made it so I didn’t need to have any red frosting reserved.
    All in all, turned out well. Thanks again for the idea.

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