This Ugly Sweater Cake is perfect for all your holiday parties. Start with a box cake mix and then decorate the cake in a variety of ways.

Decorated Ugly Sweater Cake
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This Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake is the perfect cake to take to your Ugly Sweater party. It is a fun twist on your classic holiday cake, but it will sure be a treat with the fun colors and design.

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Why We Love this Cake: 

This Ugly Christmas Sweater starts with a store bought box cake and is decorated with fun and festive colors.

If you are heading to a party this Christmas, this quick and easy cake is sure to bring joy to everyone. Design with fun frosting and holiday candy for a memorable treat.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients needed for Ugly Sweater Cake - White Cake Mix, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, heavy cream, food coloring and candy

For the Cake: 

  • White Cake Mix 

For the Frosting: 

  • Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Clear Vanilla Extract 
  • Heavy Cream
  • Red Food Coloring 
  • Green Food Coloring 

For the Decorations: 

  • Small Peppermint Candies 
  • M&Ms 
  • Miniature Candy Canes 
  • Christmas Sprinkles 
  • Gum Drop Candies 
  • Pull N Peel Twizzlers 
  • Mini Marshmallows 
  • Mike and Ike Candies 

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Variations Ideas:

  • Change Cake – Feel free to use any flavor of cake that you prefer. You can make this dessert with a yellow cake, chocolate cake, or a strawberry cake.
  • Frosting Colors – You can easily color the frosting your prefer. Do half green and half red. The options are endless.
  • Candy – Use different types of candy to decorate the top of the cake.

Step by Step Instructions: 

Baked cake on a platter

Step 1 – Bake the cake for 30 minutes or based on the package instructions in a 9X13 baking pan in the oven. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes. 

Making the frosting in a bowl

Step 2 – In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer. Mix the powdered sugar into the butter mixture. Then mix in heavy cream and vanilla extract.  Beat for approximately until the frosting is a good consistency.

Dividing the cake in three bowls and dyeing them green and red

Step 3 – Divide frosting into 3 bowls. Dye one green, one red and leave the other one white. 

Frosting the cake with green frosting

Step 4 – Spread the green frosting onto the top and the sides of the cake until fully covered. 

Adding the white frosting to the green frosted cake

Step 5 – Place the white frosting in a piping bag fitted with a star tip.  Then pipe a V-neck shape at the top of the cake and a thick line down the center of the cake.

Adding the white frosting and the red frosting details on the green frosted cake

Step 6 – Use the red frosting to pipe 2 horizontal lines on both sides of the thick white line in the center of the cake. Use the candies and Christmas sprinkles to decorate each section of the sweater differently to make the cake wacky and unique.  Enjoy!

 

Recipe Tips:

  • Cool Cake – Let the cake top cool completely before topping with the frosting.
  • Pastry Bags – We recommend using pastry bags to decorate the smallest details.
  • Frosting Consistency – If your frosting comes out to thin, you may need to add in more powdered sugar.
  • Food Coloring – We recommend using gel food coloring for the most vibrant colors.
Ugly Sweater Cake on a platter with candy spread on the side

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers, covered, for up to 4-5 days. 

Can I Make Ahead of Time?

Yes, this is the perfect dessert to make ahead of time. I like to bake the cake night before decorating.

Slice of Ugly Sweater cake on a plate topped with peppermint candy

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Ugly Sweater Cake

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This Ugly Sweater Cake is perfect for all your holiday parties. Start with a box cake mix and then decorate the cake in a variety of ways.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 20
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 421

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1 Box White Cake Mix
  • Ingredients to make the cake based on the package instructions.

For the Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter room temperature
  • 5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Clear Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • Red Gel Food Coloring
  • Green Gel Food Coloring

For the Decorations:

  • 5 Small Peppermint Candies
  • M&Ms
  • Miniature Candy Canes
  • Christmas Sprinkles
  • Gum Drop Candies
  • Pull N Peel Twizzlers
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Mike and Ike Candies
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Instructions

For the Cake:

  • Bake the cake based on the package instructions in a 9X13 baking pan.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes.
  • Place a cake board or cutting board on top of the pan and carefully invert the cake onto the board.
  • Let the cake cool completely before topping with the frosting.

For the Frosting:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until it’s creamy, light and fluffy with an electric mixer.
  • Gradually mix the powdered sugar into the butter mixture ½ cup at a time. Make sure that the powdered sugar is completely mixed in before adding more.
  • Turn the mixer speed to low and add in the heavy cream and vanilla extract.  Beat for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute until the frosting is a good consistency.
  • Remove approximately ¼ of the icing from the large bowl.  Dye the remaining frosting green with the food coloring.
  • Separate the frosting removed from the bowl into 2 smaller bowls.  Dye one bowl red and leave the other one white.
  • Spread the green frosting onto the top and the sides of the cake until fully covered.
  • Place the white frosting in a piping bag fitted with a star tip.  Then pipe a V-neck shape at the top of the cake and a thick line down the center of the cake.
  • Use the red frosting to pipe 2 horizontal lines on both sides of the thick white line in the center of the cake.
  • Use the candies and Christmas sprinkles to decorate each section of the sweater differently to make the cake wacky and unique.
  • Then the cake is ready to slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers, covered, for up to 4-5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 421kcal, Carbohydrates 58g, Protein 1g, Fat 21g, Saturated Fat 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 39mg, Sodium 189mg, Potassium 24mg, Fiber 0.3g, Sugar 45g, Vitamin A 459IU, Vitamin C 0.01mg, Calcium 63mg, Iron 1mg

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