Back to Holiday Snow Globe Cake

Print Options


Card Sizes

Holiday Snow Globe Cake Recipe

Holiday Snow Globe Cake Recipe

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 YIELD:12 servings


  • 4 large 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 sweetened shredded coconut
  • Frosted Christmas Tree (see below)
  • Porcelain snowman ornament
  • 8-inch glass bubble bowl (about 6-inch opening)


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line bottoms of two greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in rum. In another bowl, whisk 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 batter 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. Using a long serrated knife, trim tops of cakes if domed. 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 at least 15 minutes. Just before serving, place Frosted Christmas Tree and snowman on center of cake. Carefully invert bowl over decorations. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 512 calories, 29g fat (20g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 356mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

Reviews for Holiday Snow Globe Cake

Sort By :

Average Rating
Pambish45 User ID: 8633619 237950
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"In time for the Holidays"

Lbrewer40 User ID: 8619103 237444
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"Super cute, going to try it"

bella0308 User ID: 5638620 199196
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2013

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

kemacp2 User ID: 4948553 126237
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"Turned out very cute."

Darlive User ID: 4424688 196320
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."

MrsARK User ID: 7043739 120562
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

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

Brenda D User ID: 1438504 153098
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."

kayjowers User ID: 2153377 199193
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012


unakon User ID: 667675 139741
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"Love it!"

Rockamama User ID: 1263362 200527
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"This is too similar to the snow globe cookies featured last year on Taste of Home, therefore I don't see it as an original."

hikerwife User ID: 3779752 196317
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"It's a very beautiful cake. Love, love, love coconut cake. Just a suggestion: when decorating the "Christmas tree" sugar cone, leave the very tip bare until you get it on top of the cake, so you have something to grab onto. Then put the last green icing star on top."

Scrapnsewsue User ID: 6991716 188687
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"Terrific cake. easy to make and very flavorful. I used less sugar in the whipped cream frosting, as the coconut is already sweetened. Everyone asked for the recipe. I did not make the decorations, so I cannot comment on that portion."

SpiritRider User ID: 6962506 153097
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"Such a beautiful looking cake,Thanks for sharing."

Loading Image