I have a group of friends that I have known (and loved) since college. Every year we get together for a White Elephant Christmas party. Because everyone is usually so busy during the holidays this party doesn’t usually happen until January. This year I decided I wanted to bring something both festive and beautiful to the party. I took our Frozen Mini Cakes and revamped them a little. I have to say squares are the way to go. They were so much easier to work with then the circles and there wasn’t as much wasted cake. I know everyone at the party is going to love these Holiday Cheer Mini Cakes.
How to make a Holiday Cheer Mini Cakes
- Cake Mix
- Americolor Super Red Food Coloring
- Cookie Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Square Cookie Cutters
- Best Buttercream Frosting
- Decorating Bags
- Wilton 2D Decorating Tip
Step one is baking the cake. We did it a little bit differently than we did with the Frozen Ombre Mini Cakes. This time we used a large cookie sheet. And here is a helpful hint – line the cookie sheet with parchment paper before you pour in the cake batter. The parchment paper really helped keep the bottom of the cake from browning. We used a white cake mix with red food coloring but this would also work great with a Red Velvet cake mix. We baked the cake for 20 minutes. It was perfectly cooked. To get the batter evenly dispersed we poured it into the cookie sheet and then let it settle on a flat surface for 15-20 minutes. The edges were a tiniest bit thinner than the rest of the cake, but not by much.
We did not want to do a round mini cake again. It wasted a lot of yummy cake. So we bought these square cookie cutters on Amazon. They worked great.
We used the square cookie cutter to cut out our cake layers. As you can see there really is very little wasted cake with the square cookie cutters.
Here is a single Mini Cake layer. We didn’t trim anything off.
We used our amazing Best Buttercream Frosting between each of the three layers. I piped the frosting between each layer using a Wilton 2D frosting tip, going around the outside edge and across in a single diagonal line as shown in the picture above.
Each cake had three layers and was topped with a swirl of yummy Buttercream Frosting.
We think these Holiday Cheer Mini Cakes are just as beautiful as our Frozen Ombre Mini Cakes but was 10 times easier to make. We hereby decree that all future Mini Cakes should be square!!
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