Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake

A Reindeer Ugly Christmas Sweater Cake is an easy to make funny dessert for an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! How to make an easy homemade tacky Christmas cake.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, christmas, ugly sweater
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16
Calories: 502kcal
Author: Amy Locurto


  • 1 box cake mix of your choice
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • cups unsalted butter softened
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 3-6 tablespoons milk
  • Blue yellow, black and red food coloring
  • 1 can chocolate frosting
  • 1-2 candy canes
  • Red and green M&M's
  • Gumballs
  • 1 large marshmallow
  • 1 OREO cookie
  • Edible marker
  • Frosting piping bags
  • Scissors
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  • Beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs in large bowl and pour into a 13 inch x 9 inch pan. Bake as directed or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cake cool.
  • Make buttercream frosting by mixing the butter and slowly add in the powdered sugar about a half a cup at a time.
  • Once all of the powdered sugar is combined with the butter add vanilla.
  • Add milk a tablespoon at a time to the frosting to get the desired consistency.
  • Spoon a one cup of frosting into a bowl and add several drops of black food coloring at a time and mix well. Repeat until you achieve a deep black.
  • Spoon half a cup of frosting into a small bowl and color red.
  • Spoon half a cup of frosting aside for white accents.
  • Color the remaining frosting turquoise by adding several drops of blue food coloring and and a few drops of yellow food coloring together. Add more blue to get the desired color.
  • Carefully remove the cake from the pan by turning it upside down onto a large square platter or cardboard cake base. Use a knife to cut the top corners of the cake to make it look like rounded shoulders.
  • Frost the cake with the turquoise frosting. Use a fork to create the collar design and base of the sweater.
  • Add each color of frosting into pipping bags. You should have a bag of chocolate, black, red and white. You don't need piping tips, just trim the bottom of the bags with scissors to make a small opening.
  • Start with the reindeer's chocolate body first. Once done, move onto the antlers with the black frosting.
  • Twist open an OREO cookie and place it white frosting side up as Rudolph's eye. With black frosting, add a large pupil and a small dot of white frosting for a little twinkle in his eye.
  • Use the red frosting to make a red nose and collar.
  • Use the white frosting to make the inside of Rudolph's ear and to decorate his collar.
  • Gently press your candy into the cake.
  • The last touch is the marshmallow tag! Wet your scissors with water and cut a marshmallow into a square. Write the word UGLY onto it with an edible marker. Place the tag onto your sweater and you are done!


Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 576IU | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg
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