Easy Santa Cake Tutorial

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Today, I'm going to show you how to make a sweet and simple Santa Cake for your Christmas gatherings!

Sweet Santa Cake- Video Tutorial

Although we're keeping our cute buttercream Santa design nice and simple, this sweet Santa has so much character!

The variety of textures and piped details from his wavy white beard to his fur trimmed hat give him a whimsical feel.

He is sure to brighten up the dessert table at your Christmas gatherings!  

Buttercream Santa Cake

Materials for our Santa Cake:

For our Santa Cake, we used three 6 inch cake layers as well as a half ball cake (6 inch base). Each tier was on its own cardboard cake circle cut down to size, with 4 bubble tea straw supports beneath the top tier.

Buttercream Frosting- We used 2 batches of our Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream recipe. Our Classic Vanilla Buttercream is a great option too. Use your frosting of choice, although if you want to smooth your buttercream using the Viva Paper Towel Method of Smoothing, it needs to be a crusting recipe like the frostings linked above.

Coloring Gels: We used Americolor Red Red, Copper, and Black

Candy Melts- We used a small amount of green (pre-colored) Candy Melts for the holly. (You could also pipe them in buttercream.)

Piping Tips- Medium sized round tips 12, 14 (so similar that you can use one or the other, or both) Grass Tip (either Ateco 133 or Wilton 233), Small Round Tip 4 or similar for eyes and small bead border around the base.

Spatula(s) of choice: I used a small rounded offset spatula and a small tapered offset spatula.

Miscellaneous: Piping Bags (I use disposable), 2 cardboard cake circles (additional will be needed for cake base if not using a cake pedestal). Wax Paper or Parchment, turntable (optional but helpful)

Sweet and Simple Santa Cake

More Christmas Cakes!

We have more Christmas Cakes to share with you! We are sharing a few favorites below, but make sure to check out our full collection of Favorite Christmas and Winter Cake Designs!

Some of our favorites are our easy ornament wreath cake, sledding snowmen cake, and Christmas stocking cake. Our Christmas Bow Cake is really fun too!

Favorite Winter Cake Recipes

This Santa Cake could be made with all sorts of cake recipes! Some o our favorite cake recipes for the holidays are our Peppermint Cake, Eggnog Cake, Gingerbread Cake, and Red Velvet Cake!

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  1. The red icing is nice and brilliant in color. Any recommendations on getting red and black icing to look so nice ?

  2. Awesome! Buttercream is often underrated but thx to both of you you are helping to restore the glory of delicious buttercreAM

  3. Hi Pat, We had to use quite a bit of AmeriColor Red Red (Super Red could be used also). At first it was an orange red and not as deep as we wanted, but after about an hour or so it deepened to a nice bright red.

    Hi Deborah, Thanks so much, I hope you will give him a try.

    Thanks, Jennifer!!

    Thank you, Linda, Melissa and I do love using buttercream!