You guys have asked for more naturally decorated Christmas recipes. So, I made this Christmas Eve Cake for you – which is basically my version of an organic Santa cake! This naturally colored Christmas cake is Santa delivering goodies to your house on Christmas Eve.
If you have been shy of using organic ingredients because you like to decorate your baked goods, there are so many amazing organic and natural decorating ingredients! You can still make delicious and festive baked goods but using organic ingredients and ones that are free of artificial dyes.
Check out my Amazon Shop for all the best natural and organic decorating items! And replace your artificial colors with natural ones and replace your traditional sprinkles with ones that are made using plant based dyes. There are so many amazing products out there that you can use!
This naturally colored Christmas cake will be a show stopper this holiday season at any holiday party! Make this organic Santa cake for your next holiday party or make it for Christmas Eve for your family. If you are looking for more festive holiday desserts, check out my Tree Sugar Cookies, Simple Christmas Shortbreads or my favorite Mint Meltaways!
Can I make this cake another flavor?
Yes, absolutely! You can use any 6-inch three layer cake recipe, so long as the frosting is white. You will just have to double the frosting recipe as you need more for decorating. If you don’t want chocolate, try my White Cake recipe. If you need eggless, use my Eggless Birthday Cake recipe. Or use my Spiked Eggnog Cake or Rosemary Cake and make it extra festive!
Can I make this cake ahead of time?
Yes, you can absolutely make this cake ahead of time. I would suggest making it one day in advance. You can let it sit out on the counter without covering it (as Santa is so tall, it won’t fit in a cake dome!). Or you can store it in the fridge if it will fit.
How should I store this cake once cut?
Once cut, this cake needs to be stored in an airtight container or in a cake dome. Because cake is moist, it needs to stay moist, so that’s why it needs to be stored in an airtight container. Or you can put the whole cake in a cake dome, which is my favorite way to store it.
Can I make the trees green?
Yes, you can make the trees green by coloring the extra frosting with some natural green dye. Try Suncore Foods Green Matcha Powder. If you do this, just be sure to do the snow piles before you color that extra frosting green!
Ingredients I used to make this organic Santa cake
Costco Kirkland Organic Cane Sugar
Tools you’ll need to make this Christmas Eve Cake
Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Christmas Eve CakeDifficulty: Intermediate
Make this naturally colored Christmas cake for your holiday party! This Christmas Eve Cake is a fun and organic holiday cake to bake with your family!
1/2 cup (113 grams) organic salted butter, softened
170 grams (3/4 cup) organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 organic large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup organic milk, room temperature
1/4 cup organic heavy whipping cream, room temperature
142 grams (1 cup) organic cake flour
57 grams (2/3 cup) organic Dutch cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups organic salted butter, softened
24 ounces organic powdered sugar, sifted
2 to 3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract (or organic peppermint flavor)
- Decorating Items
YumEarth Organic Mini Candy Canes
Organic Mini Chocolate Chips
- To Make the Batter
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line three 6-inch cake pans with parchment paper.
- To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, and vanilla extract and mix no low until combined and there are no chunks of butter. Add the eggs, milk, and heavy whipping cream and mix on low until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
- In a separate bowl, add the cake flour, cocoa, baking powder, and sea salt and whisk together. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Continue to mix on low until you don’t see any specs of flour, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans, about 226 grams each.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the cake pans.
- To Make the Frosting
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, water, and vanilla extract (or peppermint flavor). Mix on low until combined, then speed the mixer up to high and mix for at least 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and mix on high for another 1 to 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
- Crumb coat the cake and then frost it smooth. Leave a boarder of extra frosting on top of the cake to act as snow banks.
- For the Door
- Add the door on first, as this will be the center of the house. Use 3 pieces of candy cane to create a door. Add 1 mini chocolate chip for the doorknob.
- For the House
- Use the Nonpareils to create a roof. Create the roof second. Add one Nonpareil centered above the door, then more at an angle on each side, until about half way down the cake.
- When the Nonpareils stop, add mini chocolate chips, flat side up to go down from the roof to the bottom of the cake to create the sides of the house.
- For the Chimney
- Break off 4 squares of the Peppermint Crunch Chocolate Bar. Add a little extra frosting onto the bottom of each, and then place them in a square shape on the top left of the cake. This will create the chimney. Don’t worry if there are some small gaps, as you can fill it in later with extra frosting (snow)!
- For Santa
- Place some extra frosting on the bottom of Santa, and place him just in front of the chimney, to the right a little bit so you can see the chimney behind him.
- For the Snow
- Use the white sprinkles and place them all around the bottom portion of the cake, to act as snow.
- For the Trees
- Add the remaining frosting into a piping bag with Ateco tip #864 (or any closed star tip). I used this larger one, as it was the only one I had. But you are welcome to use a smaller closed star tip too, that will also work!
- Going around the house, place one dollop of frosting almost all the way up the cake, then place two dollops centered below, then three dollops, and if you can fit then four dollops. This creates a triangle shape, or a tree! Add the snowflake sprinkles and the small blue sugars onto the tree. Repeat with more trees around the cake. To finish the trees, break off small pieces of candy cane. Add a small amount of frosting onto each one, and place them as a tree trunk.
- For the Snow Piles
- For the extra snow piles on top of the cake an on the roof, just use the piping bag and star tip and place a few dollops around Santa and the chimney. If you have gaps in the chimney, then pipe a little bit of snow to fill in those gaps. Top this snow with snowflake sprinkles or blue sugar.
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