How amazing is this Frozen-inspired Christmas cake topped with a fun fondant Olaf wearing a Santa hat? We think the kids are going to love it.
It’s the perfect showstopping cake for the whole family to tuck into on Christmas Day. Learn how to make your very own Olaf with our step-by-step picture recipe.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of making this fun Disney character, you can pop him on top of others cakes too.
- 3 tiered Victoria sponge or Madeira cake, covered in buttercream or ganache
- 1.5 kg white ready to roll fondant
- 100g white modelling paste
- 120g green modelling paste
- 20g each colour modelling paste
- 20g black fondant
- 10g brown paste
- 1g orange
- 15g of red modelling paste
- Wilton candy eyes
- sparkly sugar
- magic sparkles
- a length of dried spaghetti
- piping gel, to use as glue
- sky blue food colouring (such as Sugarflair)
Using the sky blue food colour, colour 1kg white ready to roll fondant. Roll the fondant out until it will fit over the cake, to about 2-3mm thick. Smooth the fondant onto the cake using an upwards sweeping motion with your hands. If you sweep up rather than down, it stops the fondant tearing at the edge.
Cut the excess off with a pizza wheel, leaving a little extra around the edge, just until you’ve smoothed the bottom. Smooth the cake using the fondant smoothers, then you can trim the extra icing off with a sharp knife.
Roll out 500g white ready-to-roll fondant and using a craft or sharp knife, cut a wiggly pattern into the fondant. This will act as the snow for the top of the cake. Place the white fondant onto the cake, smoothing the edges with the tips of your fingers.
Use the excess white fondant to make the snow balls. Add the sugar and magic sparkles to a small bowl. Roll various sized balls of fondant and paint them with the piping gel. Drop the painted snowballs into the sugar/sparkles mix and roll around until it’s completely covered. Leave the snowballs to dry on greaseproof paper until you are ready to stick it to your cake.
To make the trees, divide the green modelling paste and roll cones. Pop the cones onto a skewer as it’s easier to cut the branches this way. Using the small scissors, snip upwards into the paste, lifting up as you snip.
Paint the tips of the branches with the piping gel and then put the tree into the sprinkles bowl. Pour the sprinkles over the top of the tree – they will stick to where you’ve painted the piping gel on. Leave them on greaseproof paper until you’re ready to use them.
For the presents, roll and cut the coloured paste into different sized squares, overlapping them slightly as you stick them. Use the piping gel as glue to stick them. Once all the presents are glued onto the cake, cut a contrasting strip for the ribbon and mould some bows for the tops.
To make Olaf, mould a piece of white modelling paste into a diamond shape and add the Wilton candy eyes by sticking them with a dot of piping gel.
Draw a mouth with the small palette knife, pushing the middle of the mouth in to make way for a black piece of fondant. Cut a small oblong for the tooth and stick it under the top lip and roll a tiny carrot for the nose, embossing it with the edge of the palette.
To add definition, roll tiny strips of black fondant and stick them above the candy eyes and then again for the eyebrows.
For the Christmas hat, roll 10g red paste into a cone shape. Roll the tapered end flat with the rolling pin and stick the sugar mimosa ball to the end for the bobble. Hollow out the centre of the hat with the ball tool. Cut a small strip of white paste and stick sprinkles to it before sticking around the bottom edge of the hat.
With a drop of piping gel, stick the trees and the snowballs onto the cake.
To make Olaf’s body, roll 2 small balls for the feet and then push the length of spaghetti into the cake between the feet – this will hold the body together.
Roll a large and a small ball of paste for the body and use the small ball tool to indent where the coal buttons will go. Stick the black fondant on with a dot of piping gel and brush around the top of the neck where the head is going to go.
Push the head onto the spaghetti and trim the excess spaghetti off with a pair of scissors. Then with a brush of gel stick the hat to Olaf’s head.
To make the arms, divide the brown paste into two and roll one into a bobbly shaped stick. To cut the hands, add 2 snips in the ends of the paste for the fingers. For the waving arm, add some piping gel to a small length of spaghetti and roll the brown paste around the spaghetti, cutting in the same way for the fingers. Push the waving arm into the body and stick the other down the side of the body.
Your cake is now ready to serve. It will stay fresh for up to 4 days and doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge.