My 2 year old is obsessed with Frozen and what little girl isn’t? The best birthday present I could give her was a Frozen cake! Of course I wanted to make something amazing for my girl and wanted to share it! I found a recipe for ice candy and I knew it was perfect for the Frozen cake. Pams Party & Practical Tips posted a great recipe to make ice candy that would look great on the cake and it’s really easy to make! We will dive into that later after we make the cake!
Making cakes is a favorite past time of mine and another way to incorporate my creativity. With the Frozen cake, I knew I wanted to make the ice candy and also try an ombre of blue with buttercream frosting! I started with making my cake layers. You will need a 6 and 9 inch round cake pan. You can use your own cake recipe or use a Betty Crocker cake mix which I’m not against. Cook your cake as directed. I made two 6 inch rounds and three 9 inch round cakes to give the cake some height.
While the cake is cooking, start your buttercream recipe. The ingredients you need are as follows:
- 1 cup Crisco Shortening
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup luke warm water
- 1 teaspoon popcorn salt
- 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon butter extract
- 2 pound bag of powdered sugar
Cream together the butter and crisco until its fluffy white. Measure out the luke warm water and dissolve the popcorn salt in the water. Add the powdered sugar slowly, alternating between the water mixture and powdered sugar. Mix it on low until it’s combined and add the almond, vanilla, and butter extract. Increase the speed for 2-3 minutes.
Once the cake is cooked, let them cool and cut them down to make them even. Stack the cakes up starting with the 9 inch rounds on the bottom and 6 inch rounds on top. Add buttercream in between each layer as you stack them. You can put the small round cakes wherever you want on the top whether it be the center or to the side.. I usually put them to one side so I have room for decorations on the top of the 9 inch cakes.
Put a crumb coat on the cake and put it in the fridge so it hardens a little. It makes for a smoother layer for the finished buttercream coat. This is what each stack of cakes should look like with the thin layer of buttercream frosting.
Once the cakes are chilled, they are ready for the final coating of frosting. I stuck to the Frozen theme and went with blues and aquas for the color of the cake. I colored the buttercream in different bowls with one bowl being a light blue, one a darker blue, and one with aqua. The aqua is a gel coloring I bought from Joann Fabrics. I put a line of each color moving from darkest to lightest to the top of the cake and blended them together with the cake spatula once the cake was covered. This is where you can use your creativity! Colors are totally up to you! Frost the cake and then put it aside.
Now it’s time to make the ice candy!! Pam’s Party & Practical Tips has the whole recipe for the ice candy and I recommend going to check it out on her blog, but I will recap her directions.
In a big pot, add 3 and 3/4 cups of white sugar, 1 and 1/2 cup of light corn syrup, and 1 cup water. Start to cook the sugar, syrup, and water on medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Boil the sugar mixture until it reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. It must get to that point to harden right. It takes a little bit longer than expected to get to the 300 mark. Once it reaches that point, take it off the stove and add the food coloring. I used a blue liquid food coloring! Now pour it onto a greased cookie sheet and let it cool on the sheet until it hardens. When it is hard, break up the “ice” with a knife or the end of the knife. The pieces should be small to medium sized so they fit on the cake nicely. I didn’t know my cake was going to look so dangerous once it was on the cake, but it sure did! You can use a grate to grind down the edges so they aren’t so pointy if that helps with safety for younger children.
Place them on the cake however you like. I put some flat pieces on the bottom and then pushed some into the cake to make the cake feel edgy just like Elsa! The choices are endless on how to mix up the design of the cake. Once I had the “ice” on the cake, I put a small Elsa and Kristoff that my daughter had on top of the cake. Then I added some simple writing (definitely need to work on my cake writing!) for my little Violet to make her cake extra special! And that’s it! I hope that a version of this cake can be made for your special occasion!
Please share pictures of your Frozen cake because I would love to see them!
Have a good Monday 🙂