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Reindeer Christmas Cake: A Festive and Delicious Holiday Tradition

Reindeer Christmas Cake: A Festive and Delicious Holiday Tradition

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Christmas is a time for family, friends, and of course – food! This year, why not try your hand at making a reindeer cake? It’s festive, delicious, and sure to become a new holiday tradition. Today, we will show you how to make this yummy Reindeer Christmas Cake and give you some reasons why you should add it to your Christmas menu this year!

Reindeer Christmas Cake: A Festive and Delicious Holiday Tradition

What is Reindeer Christmas Cake?

Reindeer Christmas cake is a festive, reindeer-shaped cake that is often served around the holidays and is in no way made with real animals. It’s made with your favorite cake mix – either chocolate or vanilla – and decorated with reindeer features like antlers, eyes, and a nose. As soon as it comes out of the oven, you know you’re in for a real treat!

Why do we love Reindeer?

Reindeer are a symbol of the holiday season and making reindeer cakes is a fun way to include them in your Christmas celebrations. They help make sure Santa gets to every house that one magical night a year, and are pretty darned adorable.

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That is why we loved this Reindeer Christmas Cake! It is a fun thing to make and serve the night you watch your favorite Rudolph Christmas video.

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How do you melt chocolate without a double boiler?

Melting chocolate without a double boiler is easy! All you need to do is get a heat-safe bowl, such as glass or stainless steel, and place it over a pot of simmering water. Be sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Then add your chopped up chocolate and stir until it’s melted.

You can also use a microwave to melt chocolate, just be sure to stir every 30 seconds or so.

Can you make the cake base from scratch instead of using a mix?

Absolutely! You can easily whip up a reindeer cake from scratch using your favorite cake recipe. However, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make reindeer cakes, then the mix option is ideal. We recommend trying out both versions to see which one you prefer!

For ease of the grocery list and for saving a few bucks, I like to go with the boxed cake mix. They are even at your local dollar store – for $1.25 now, LOL

Reindeer Christmas Cake Ingredients:

Reindeer Christmas Cake Ingredients:

  • Chocolate cake mix + additional ingredients per directions, usually eggs, oil, and water.
  • Cocoa buttercream – to frost the entire cake
  • Vanilla buttercream – for putting into the center of the cake
  • Milk chocolate frosting – for making the reindeer eyes
  • Chocolate bark – we will melt these for the antlers
  • Maraschino cherry – If it is a Rudolph cake, he has to have a nose, right? If you want a regular reindeer, then you will need a chocolate candy melt
  • Antler template – easy to find on the internet, but we have one for you below
  • Waxed paper
  • Nonstick baking spray

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

Place the antler template printout on a baking sheet and cover them with the waxed paper

Melt the chocolate and stir until smooth.

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

Cool the chocolate slightly and pour it into a piping bag.

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

Cut a small tip opening from the bag and trace the antlers by piping the chocolate over the template. I like to start by outlining them.

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

Then I go in and color inside the lines!

Place the chocolate antlers in the freezer to set up and harden.

Preheat the oven according to what recipe you use.

Prepare 2 round cake pans by spraying them with nonstick baking spray.

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

Make the cake batter per recipe and fill your round cake pans.

Bake the cakes as the boxed mix or recipe instructs you to.

Cool the cakes completely.

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

Place one cake on a serving platter or cake plate and top with a generous layer of vanilla buttercream, spreading it out so it almost reaches the edge of the cake.

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

Place the 2nd cake on top of the first. Frost completely with the cocoa buttercream with a semi-smooth finish.

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

Place the cherry near the bottom of the cake for the nose.

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

Use the milk chocolate frosting to pipe the closed eyes and, if you wish, a little swirl of hair on top of the cake.

How to make a Reindeer Cake

Remove the antlers from the freezer a peel them off the waxed paper.

Carefully press the antlers into the cake.

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

Share and enjoy!

Get your antlers here

Reindeer Christmas Cake FAQs

Q: How long will the reindeer cake last?

A: The reindeer cake should be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature and it is best to eat within 3-4 days. If you want to keep it longer, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Q: Can I use different flavors of frosting?

A: Absolutely! You can switch up the flavor of your reindeer cake by using different flavored buttercream. Some great flavors to try are strawberry, raspberry, lemon, and caramel.

Q: Can I freeze reindeer cake?

A: Yes, reindeer cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze it, wrap the reindeer cake in a layer of plastic wrap and then place it in an airtight container. When you’re ready to enjoy the reindeer cake, allow it to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Reindeer Christmas Cakes are a festive and delicious holiday tradition that is sure to bring smiles to all your family and friends. With just a few simple ingredients, you can easily whip up one of these reindeer cakes in no time. So get baking, put on some festive tunes, and enjoy! Happy Holidays!

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

Print off our Reindeer Christmas Cake Recipe Here

Yield: 10

Reindeer Christmas Cake: A Festive and Delicious Holiday Tradition

How to make a Reindeer Cake:

Christmas is a time for family, friends, and of course – food! This year, why not try your hand at making a Reindeer cake? It's festive, delicious, and sure to become a new holiday tradition. Today, we will show you how to make this yummy Reindeer Christmas Cake and give you some reasons why you should add it to your Christmas menu this year!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Chocolate cake mix + additional ingredients per directions OR your favorite recipe
  • Cocoa buttercream
  • Vanilla buttercream
  • Milk chocolate frosting
  • 4 oz chocolate
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Antler template

Instructions

    Place the antler template printout on a baking sheet and cover with wax paper

    Melt the chocolate and stir until smooth

    Cool slightly and pour into a piping bag

    Cut a small tip opening from the bag and trace the antlers by piping the chocolate over the template

    Place the chocolate antlers in the freezer to set

    Preheat oven and prepare 2 round cake pans with baking spray

    Prepare cake batter per recipe and bake as directed

    Cool completely

    Place one cake on a serving platter or cake plate and top with a generous layer of vanilla buttercream

    Place the 2nd cake on top of the first and frost completely with the cocoa buttercream creating a semi smooth finish

    Place the cherry near the bottom of the cake for the nose

    Use the milk chocolate frosting to pipe the closed eyes and a little swirl of hair on top of the cake

    Carefully press the antlers into the cake

    Share and enjoy!

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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    10

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g

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