Just so perfectly sweet… this Pastel Snowflake Cake would be gorgeous for just about any winter party!
I love pastel colored sweets all year long, and winter is no exception!
Around I love traditional Christmas colors, there is something extra special about pastels.
Of course… you’re welcome to utilize the general techniques and designs from this cake and spend playtime with any color theme you need!
This cake starts with my perfect chocolate cake recipe, delicious cream cheese frosting, and then is topped with buttercream frosted cookies… YUM!
Pastel Snowflake Cake – Christmas Cake
The star of this cake is large snowflake cookies decorated with buttercream frosting.
Everbody knows if you’ve spent any moment on my site before… I usually decorate cookies with royal icing.
Around I love the detail which can be achieved with royal icing… it’s hard to beat the flavor and soft texture of buttercream!
I made an order of the best buttercream frosting (recipe below) and piped it onto the cookies utilizing a small open star tip.
Scroll down to obtain the video one of them blog post that shows the entire decorating process for both the cake and cookies.
Of course when buttercream cookies will be the star of the cake… then Challenge butter may be the star ingredient!
My holiday baking always starts by stocking on Challenge cream cheese and Challenge butter.
Challenge likes to let their fresh, good quality ingredients shine through in their products meaning I will rely on a natural taste and superior results!
Challenge dairy products don’t have any added flavors, dyes, or artificial preservatives&hellip ;.just fresh and delicious ingredients that are the right foundation for successful recipes!
When I take some time to bake beautiful things… I only want the very best!
This recipe includes three components…
CAKE – I used the best Chocolate Cake Recipe, but you can use my Perfect Vanilla Cake, or any cake of your choice.
FROSTING – I made two batches of frosting, one batch (using the recipe below) with cream cheese (see “notes” in recipe below). It’s this that I used to frost the cake itself. Then I made another batch of frosting (using the recipe below, but without cream cheese) to frost the cookies. I colored the frosting using Americolor gels in soft pink, sky blue and purple.
COOKIES – I used my Perfect Sugar Cookie Recipe and made assorted sized snowflakes. To generate the cookie “pops” as shown, insert cookie sticks (wooden or paper sticks) to the cookies before baking.
How to Make Perfect Buttercream FrostingPrint
- 1 cup Challenge butter 2 sticks (salted, or unsalted)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt if using unsalted butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract best quality available
- 2–3 tablespoons heavy cream half and half or milk
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat butter (on medium speed) until completely smooth (30 seconds to a minute). (If you are adding cream cheese, add it now, then beat until smooth)
- Add salt (if needed).
- One cup at time, add 2 cups of powdered sugar, beating after each addition.
- Add vanilla, and blend to combine.
- Add about 1 tablespoon of cream, and continue beating.
- Add the remaining 2 cups powdered sugar, one at a time.
- Add an additional 1-2 tablespoons cream until desired consistency is reached. For the icing you’ll be coloring and piping onto the cookies, you want the icing to be nice and thick, so you may not need to add the additional cream.
- Continue to beat another minute or so. The frosting should now be smooth and fluffy.
For a delicious cream cheese frosting, replace one of the sticks of butter listed above with one (8oz.) package of cream cheese. Keep remaining recipe ingredient as listed.
I love the cream cheese version of this frosting for the cake, but would not suggest adding cream cheese to the frosting you plan to pipe onto the cookies, as it will likely be a bit too soft to hold its shape perfectly.
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Perfect Buttercream Frosting, christmast cake, dessert