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Make-Ahead Holiday Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + freezing Bake: 20 min. + cooling


16-20 servings

Julia Kinard of Dallastown, Pennsylvania recommends this impressive make-ahead dessert to please a crowd. "For my granddaughter's birthday, my daughter placed slivered almonds artfully to decorate this cake as a bear instead. It was a big hit," she reports.


  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Additional chocolate syrup
  • Mint leaves and red candied cherries


  1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil; set aside. In a large bowl, combine milk and chocolate syrup; fold in whipped cream. Pour into prepared pan; cover and freeze for 6 hours.
  2. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a greased and floured 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cool for 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. Transfer to a serving platter.
  3. Remove cream mixture from the freezer; carefully invert onto cake and remove foil. Spread whipped topping over top and sides. Return to the freezer for 2 hours.
  4. May be frozen for up to 2 months. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting.
  5. Just before serving, drizzle with additional chocolate syrup; garnish with mint and cherries.

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