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Snow Globe Cake

GIVE this scenic dessert a whirl, and it won't be long before folks start drifting over for a piece! The mild spice cake from Ruth took on a playful shape as soon as Crafting Traditions' cooks got hold of the recipe. They formed the top and base of a snow globe using ordinary round and loaf baking pans—ones you likely have in your own kitchen. So go ahead and flavor a celebration in the same way...then get ready for a blizzard of grins from guests!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6-12 servings


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Brown, green, red and blue paste or gel food coloring
  • Cookie cutters-3 inch horse and 3-1/2-inch sleigh, optional
  • Edible glitter


  • In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add the eggs, milk and molasses; mix well. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Pour 1-3/4 cups into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan; pour remaining batter into a greased 9-in. round baking pan.
  • Bake at 375°for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese. Add confectioners' sugar; beat for 5 minutes or until very smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Place 1 cup in another bowl; tint with brown food coloring. Place 1/4 cup each in three bowls; tint one green, one red and one blue. Leave the remaining frosting white.
  • Place loaf cake on a work surface with a long side facing you. To make globe base, measure 2 in. in from top right corner; cut at an angle from that point to the lower right corner. Repeat on other side. (Save cut out cake wedges for another use.) Place base on a 14x10-in. covered board; frost top and sides brown.
  • Place round cake above base; frost top and sides white. Gently press cookie cutters into cake to outline horse and sleigh, or outline them free hand. Frost horse brown. Place red frosting in a pastry or plastic bag; cut a hole in the corner. Pipe outline of sleigh and three horizontal strips on the sleigh. Pipe a rein from horse to sleigh.
  • Make pine trees with green frosting. Using a toothpick and white frosting, add white streaks in the trees for snow.
  • Frost the bottom third of round cake blue. Transfer remaining blue frosting to a pastry or plastic bag; cut a hole in the corner. Pipe snowflakes in sky. Sprinkle round cake with edible glitter.
Editor's Note
Edible glitter is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit

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