It’s Sunday, so you know what that means…I’m back with something to keep you warm. I’ll give you a hint, it’s ugly. I can make fun of these sweaters, because I may have worn one. I won’t say for certain, but I have had a few fashion moments when I look back and think to myself “what was I thinking?” So today I am going to have a little fun with this…UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER CAKE!
from Kim, The Partiologist
First of all, find that cute little sweater pan, I found it at Joann’s.
Prepare the pan for baking by spraying the inside with Bakers Joy.
Mix up your favorite cake mix, I used a Pillsbury Plus White cake mix, using the egg white recipe.
Pour the entire mix into the pan and bake approximately 25 minutes.
Make your buttercream frosting and divide it into thirds, color each third white, red and green.
Fill one pastry bag with white frosting and add a basket weave tip #46.
Fill another pastry bag with red frosting and add a basket weave tip #46.
Fill the last pastry bag with the green frosting and add a grass tip #233
Get your fondant ready for the lights.
Start piping white frosting down the side for the sleeves.
Next, pipe another row of frosting, this time red.
Continue piping frosting, alternating the colors.
When each sleeve is covered in stripes, sprinkle with white sanding sugar.
Using the green frosting, pipe grass covering the entire middle of the sweater.
Now it’s time to make the antlers. I wanted something to hold the big lights, so I cut the antler with a repurposed leaf cookie cutter. Meaning: I squished the cookie cutter together.
I had a package of colored fondant and black (not shown) on hand and a light bulb mold. Lucky me.
I formed the lights by pressing black fondant into the top part of the medium sized mold.
Then I added colored fondant to the bulb part of the mold.
Using two oval cutters, I made the eyes from black and white fondant.
Then I used my clay gun and press out a long rope for the light string.
Now for the fun…putting it all together.
Add the fondant pieces by sticking them into the green frosting. Paint a bit of water to the back side of the black rope and stick it to the antlers.
Add a bit of frosting to the back of the lights and stick them on the antlers…
and if you want Rudolf’s nose to blink, add a BLINKING LIGHT!