Learn how to make Winter Inspired Cakes that are ready for your wintertime celebrations.
Make this winter season so much sweeter with these Winter Inspired Cake Ideas that any beginner can make.
These winter cakes are perfect for the holidays like Christmas or Hanukkah, birthdays or baby showers, really any winter celebration.
You’ll choose from cakes like a blue ombre Snowflake Cake or Nutella Hot Chocolate Cake to Rum Spiked Eggnog Cake or a Sweater Weather Cake for those chilly nights.
These cold days indoors can be so much sweeter when you can make these winter wonderland cakes.
Tips for Success:
- Read through all the ingredients and instructions so you can get a better idea of how much time and what you need to make this cake.
- In some of these cake recipes, you’ll need 1 cup buttermilk; if you don’t have any buttermilk on hand, you can easily use 1 cup whole milk mixed with 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to make your own.
- To make cake flour at home, mix 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour and ¼ cup cornstarch. Sift or whisk together to get rid of any lumps.
- Be careful not to overmix this cake batter, or else the cake will come out dense. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
- In this cake recipe, you can make the caramel milk, soft caramel, and apple pie filling ahead of time. Keep in airtight containers for up to one week.
- You can bake the cake layers ahead of time. Wrap the cake layers in plastic wrap and freeze up to one month.
- You can make the buttercream a day ahead and refrigerate it overnight. Then take them out to come back to room temperature. Make sure the buttercream is at room temperature before re-whipping.
- Serve at room temperature and use a hot knife to get clean cake slices.
Here’s how to make these beginner-friendly Winter-Inspired Cakes!
Let’s Get Decorating!
1. Snowman Cake
Learn how to make this adorable Snowman Cake for the holidays. This Snowman cake is made of fluffy vanilla cake layers filled with creamy vanilla buttercream and cute fondant decorations. Here you’ll learn how to make fondant decorations that’ll surely impress your friends and family.
Get the recipe at Snowman Cake by KatieRosario.com
2. Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cake
The holidays are fast approaching, and there’s no better way to celebrate Christmas than with this chocolate peppermint swirl cake. This cake recipe is a perfect Christmas dessert that everyone will love! Learn how to make this chocolate peppermint swirl cake that’ll have you singing Christmas carols!
Get the recipe at Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cake by KatieRosario.com
3. Winter Birch Tree Cake
Learn how to make this freaking delicious Winter Birch Tree Cake! This gorgeous Winter Birch Tree Cake is made with gingerbread cake layers filled with cranberry sauce and vanilla buttercream. And the real show stopper is the white chocolate birch tree bark on the outside of the cake. Here’s how to make this Winter Birch Tree Cake that’ll make your home happy for the holidays!
Get the recipe at Winter Birch Tree Cake by KatieRosario.com
4. Nutella Hot Chocolate Cake
Are you looking for a tasty Christmas cake this holiday season? The dark chocolate cake is light and fluffy, and it’s not too sweet, which makes for the perfect balance with the Nutella buttercream and marshmallow fluff. With all these ingredients, layered together this rich and decadent cake tastes just like a cup of hot chocolate. Serve your holiday guests a piece of this cake with a nicely lit fire for the perfect winter night!
Get the recipe at Nutella Hot Chocolate Cake by KatieRosario.com
5. Cinnamon Swirl Cake
Looking for an ooey-gooey Christmas cake that all your family and friends will love? This Cinnamon swirl cake is made with light, and fluffy vanilla cake with cinnamon filling swirled inside topped with cream cheese buttercream. The holidays may look different this year, but this Cinnamon Swirl Cake will bring everyone together.
Get the recipe at Cinnamon Swirl Cake by KatieRosario.com
6. Rum Spiked Eggnog Cake
This simple Eggnog cake recipe is a perfect Christmas dessert. This classic Eggnog drink lends itself easily to be turned into a decadent dessert. I wanted to keep the cake design simple, so you can focus on the flavor that packs a real punch! Now you’ll be able to snuggle up with a blanket and enjoy a cup or a slice of this eggnog cake!
Get the recipe at Rum Spiked Eggnog Cake by KatieRosario.com
7. Reindeer Cake
Learn how to make this beautiful Reindeer cake that’s perfect for Christmas! In this cake tutorial, you’ll learn step by step how to make this reindeer buttercream cake at home. My favorite part is teaching you how to make simple fondant decorations that make this cake come to life! It’ll be easy to celebrate Christmas with this adorable Reindeer Cake.
Get the recipe at Reindeer Cake by KatieRosario.com
8. Melted Candle Cake
There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than with this super cute cake. This white chocolate melted candle cake has the wow factor to impress your friends and family! The real showstopper for this cake is the ivory chocolate drip; it’s made with melted ivory candy melts and warm water. The many layers of white chocolate drip falling down the sides of the cake make this cake everything!
Get the recipe at Melted Candle Cake by KatieRosario.com
9. Sweater Weather Cake
Have you ever wondered how the professional makes those beautiful cakes? The baking pros take inspiration from the most unlikely of things like your favorite winter sweater! Today we are talking about how to make a cake into a sweater fit to stand the cold weather. Combining these four piping techniques that are piped tightly together creates the effect of a chunky sweater!
Get the recipe at Sweater Weather Cake by KatieRosario.com
10. Snowflake Cake
Learn how to make this icy blue snowflake cake that’s perfect for winter! This snowflake cake is simply beautiful, with the ombre blue on the outside and the sanding sugar giving the cake the ice effect! After making your snowflake cake, you’ll feel your confidence rise in the kitchen and feel like you can take on every cake challenge. I can’t wait to see your blue ombre snowflake cake creations!
Get the recipe st Snowflake Cake by KatieRosario.com
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I’m so excited to see your winter-inspired cake creations. Please feel free to email me here at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have; I’ll be happy to help!
P.S. Hey, if you liked this tutorial, you really should check out Cake Decorating for Beginners, my online cake program. I coach you on everything I teach on these cake tutorials so that you can uplevel your baking and decorating skills. We 10x it so you get the results you want most. Like any new skill, it’s important to learn from the ground up to build a foundation so that you can take on any cake challenge. It is an investment your future self will thank you for. Check it out at XOKatieRosario.com/online-cake-course. I will see you there!