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Holiday Snow Globe Cake Recipe
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Holiday Snow Globe Cake Recipe

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I can change up the decorations on this cake depending on the holiday—or birthday. My daughter loves this Christmas version. —Marie Louise Ludwig, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 65 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 65 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1-1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • Frosted Christmas Tree (see below)
  • Porcelain snowman ornament
  • 8-inch glass bubble bowl (about 6-inch opening)


  1. Line bottoms of two greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. In another large bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, beating well. Beat in rum. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with coconut milk, beating well after each addition.
  3. With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold into batter. Transfer to prepared pans.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
  5. If cake layers have rounded tops, trim with a long serrated knife to make level; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form.
  6. Place one cake layer on a serving plate, bottom side down. Spread jam over top to within 3/4 in. of edge; top with 1/2 cup whipped cream. Place second cake layer over whipped cream, bottom side up.
  7. Spread remaining whipped cream over top and sides of cake; sprinkle with coconut. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  8. Just before serving, place Frosted Christmas Tree and snowman on center of cake. Carefully invert bowl over top. Yield: 12 servings.
FROSTED CHRISTMAS TREE: Lightly brush a small star-shaped sugar cookie with corn syrup; sprinkle with silver edible glitter. For tree, tint canned vanilla frosting with green paste food coloring. Stack two ice cream sugar cones. Using a #32 open star tip, pipe tree branches onto top cone to resemble a pine tree. Decorate with candy-coated sunflower kernels or colored sprinkles; sprinkle with coarse sugar. Place star cookie at top.
Originally published as Holiday Snow Globe Cake in Taste of Home December/January 2013

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Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

"can anyone tell me what is best thing to use for the globe and where to find ?"

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"Turned out very cute."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"This was a lot of fun to make and it turned out beautiful! I'll probably try a different cake recipe next time for variety."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"Why would people rate a recipe they didn't even try in the first place?!"

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"This cake is really tasty. My kids enjoy helping me make it. I've also used the "topper" on top of a homemade red velvet cheese cake to add something fun. Great idea! Thanks for sharing."

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