Rudolph and Car Cake Topper!- A Cake Decorating Video Tutorial

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Today I'm going to show you how to make a CUTE Rudolph and Car Cake Topper!

Sometimes the right cake topper is all that you need to transform a cake from ordinary to adorable.

Today, I'm going to show you how to create a little red car with Rudolph behind the wheel, and a Christmas tree on top.  (He was too tired to fly home.)  ;0)

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You will also learn a few simple piping techniques for a sweet winter scene around the sides of the cake.  You can a materials list, notes, and the template below. Enjoy!!

Materials for Rudolph and Car Cake:

For this cake, we used a double barrel (tall) 6 inch tier, filled and frosted with our Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream recipe from the Recipes section. (We have a video tutorial on double barrel cakes in our Videos if you are interested!)


Vanilla Buttercream

Viva Paper Towels (Optional. I use them to smooth my crusting buttercream)

Gum Paste (or fondant with tylose kneaded into it to create a gum paste consistency.)

Xacto or other sharp knife

Toothpick/scriber needle, etc.

Coloring Gels: Use whatever shades you like. We used Americolor Chocolate Brown, Red Red, Mint Green, Bright White

Palette or plate for mixing your colors

Vodka (You can substitute Lemon Extract which also contains alcohol if you'd rather.)

Americolor Edible Ink Pen (black). If you do not have one, you can use a small paintbrush with a touch of vodka.

Lollipop Stick or skewer for anchor

Piping Gel

Piping Tips: We used a small star tip Wilton 16 & Wilton 2 round tip, Wilton 12 for snow.


We rolled our gum paste to approximately ⅛ inch before using our template to cut out the topper.

It's a really good idea to make 2 cut-outs to be on the safe side.

If you'd rather not paint your topper, you can also just layer on thinly rolled fondant details using the template as a guide.

Cut out your gum paste topper at least 2-3 days in advance (especially if you are new to working with gum paste and are unsure how long it takes to dry. Brands of gum paste and the humidity in the air can effect dry times.) We use Sating Ice pre-made Gum Paste.

If you do not have gum paste, you can knead tylose into your fondant. A general rule of thumb is 1 rounded tablespoon of tylose per pound of fondant. You will not need a pound of fondant but this will give you an idea.

More Christmas Cakes!

We have so many Christmas cakes to share with you! I'll link a few of them below, but make sure to check out our roundup of favorite Christmas cakes here!: Favorite Christmas and Winter Tutorials

Rudolph Sheet Cake

Sweet and Simple Santa Cake

Loopy Christmas Bow Cake

Reindeer Cupcakes

Enjoy the Video!

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you give Rudloph a try, we would love for you to leave a comment and photo below!

He is sure to bring smiles at the Christmas party dessert table ;0)





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  1. This is cute and not hard to do. Just takes planning. I made one for two cakes. The second one will be on a German Chocolate cake so I'll have to think of how to tie it in.

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