A snowflake birthday cake is a good option for someone with a winter birthday, or someone who looks forward to snow even when it's the middle of the summer. While you may think it would be tricky to make a cake that looks like a six-sided crystal, it's actually pretty easy to create.
One thing you can do is simply use Wilton's snowflake cake pan. It holds 11 cups of batter and creates a cake that is about 12 inches in diameter. If you bake a cake using this pan, all you have to do is let it cool and then frost it with white buttercream frosting. If you like, you can add a bit of white edible glitter to make your snowflake sparkle. It's advisable to let your cake cool with the pattern side up to avoid any damage to the shape. Also, be very careful when you ice to insure that you get all of the nooks and crannies.
Creating Your Snowflake Birthday Cake
If you'd rather make a snowflake birthday cake entirely of your own design, follow the directions below:
- Roll out white fondant, about a millimeter in thickness.
- Use a plunger snowflake cutter to create your snowflakes.
- Place them on waxed paper and let them sit and harden overnight.
- Spray each snowflake with luster spray.
- Make a cake, any shape, any size and ice it with sky blue fondant.
- Use dabs of white buttercream to stick the snowflakes flat to your cake.
- Put a silver ball in the middle of each snowflake using writing icing as adhesive.
Once you've got that done, you can add additional silver embellishments if you like. Finish your cake off with polished sugar. You can also write the name of the lucky guest of honor using light blue colored gel.
For best results, let your cake sit in the refrigerator for two hours before you serve it. That way the icing gets a chance to harden and there is less risk of the snowflakes falling off when you try to serve it.
More Snowflake Ideas
If you're not too picky about your cake looking exactly like a snowflake, there's a super simple way to get the idea across. Just make any type of cake you like and frost it with white buttercream frosting. Once you've done that, and without waiting for the icing to set, sprinkle the entire cake with uncolored coconut. You can also add a dusting of powdered sugar using a flour sifter. It will look just like a fresh fallen snowstorm. If you're feeling a little ambitious, add plastic skis or a couple of footprints.
Another thing you can do is make the fondant snowflakes and stand them up vertically so that they are flat against the sides of your cake. That way you have the entire top to use to write your birthday greeting. You can also stand them up on the top of your cake to create a three dimensional effect.
Snowflake cakes are not just for winter birthdays. Snowflake cake designs are also a great option for holiday baking.