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Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake

Ugly Sweater Cake

This ugly christmas sweater cake is unbelievably yummy and festive! Absolutely addictive, crave-worthy and oh so ugly.

Ugly Sweater Cake

The christmas cake is made with rich layers of vanilla cake, creamy buttercream frosting, and colorful decorations which blend together to create a wonderfully decadent holiday cake.

Ugly Sweater Cake

Plus, they’re fun to make and match those “ugly sweaters” that we all know and love. If you’re looking for something unique this holiday season, this is the recipe for you! It’s probably your only opportunity to match your ugly christmas sweater with your cake all year round.

Ugly Sweater Cake

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Ugly Sweater Cake

Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake

  • Author: Anna Young
  • Prep Time: 90 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cake 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

For the cake: 

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature and divided
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature

 

For the buttercream frosting: 

  • 1 ½ cups butter, softened to room temperature
  • 6 ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • red gel food coloring
  • green gel food coloring

 

For decoration: 

  • 2 Oreo cookies 
  • edible eyes 
  • red mini M&M’s
  • 3 oz chocolate, melted 
  • twist pretzels, halved 
  • candies
  • sprinkles 
  • M&M
  • choco sticks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish or pan and set aside. 
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. 
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar until smooth. 
  5. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla extract and sour cream and beat to combine.   
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  7. Pour the batter in the prepared pan. 
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. 
  10. To make the Oreo reindeers, dip the cookies in melted chocolate. 
  11. Decorate with edible eyes and red mini M&M’s. 
  12. Add two pretzel antlers, pressing them between the cookies and into the space where the cream filling is. 
  13. To make the frosting, beat the butter until creamy. 
  14. Add the sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract and beat to combine. 
  15. Take 1/3 of buttercream and set aside. 
  16. Add a few drops of red food coloring to remaining buttercream and mix to combine.
  17. Spreed the frosting over the cake and refrigerate the cake until ready to serve. 
  18. Take half or reserved frosting and add a few drops of green food coloring. 
  19. Beat to combine. 
  20. Pipe the Christmas trees and decorate with sprinkles. 
  21. Decorate the cake with remaining white frosting, candies and Oreo reindeers.
Notes

Why Did My Ugly Sweater Cake End Up Dry?

Overbaking is a common cause of a dry cake. Be sure to set a timer and check on the cake before it is done baking. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached.

Another common reason for a dry cake is not having enough moisture in the cake batter. Be sure to use fresh ingredients and measure them accurately. Also, don’t forget to add milk, water, or other liquids as called for in the recipe.

Can I Freeze This Ugly Sweater Cake? 

In case you have any leftovers, don’t worry because this Ugly Sweater Cake keeps pretty well in the refrigerator or the freezer. 

Simply store the Ugly Sweater Cake in an airtight container. This will help to keep the cake moist and prevent it from drying out.

If you are not going to eat the cake right away, you can wrap it in plastic wrap to help keep it moist. You can also freeze the cake as soon as it has cooled completely and the frosting has set. 

Be sure to take it out a few hours before you plan on serving it so that it can come to room temperature.

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