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Stocking Cake

Cut out of a sheet cake, this yummy stocking from our Test Kitchen is easy to create and makes a festive Christmas centerpiece. It's easier to achieve the bright red color if you tint the frosting with pink food coloring first.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 55 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4-1/2 cups sugar
  • 12 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Red paste food coloring
  • Red colored sugar
  • White edible glitter
  • Assorted cookies and candies


  • Line a greased and floured 18x 2-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease and flour the paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add flour; mix well. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cover; cool to room temperature.
  • Trace stocking pattern onto waxed paper; cut out. Arrange pattern over cake; with a sharp knife, cut out. Discard scraps. Transfer cake to a covered cake board.
  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add milk mixture; beat for 10 minutes or until fluffy.
  • Tint 2-1/2 cups frosting red; spread 1-1/2 cups red frosting over stocking portion of cake. Coat sides and top of stocking with red sugar. Spread or pipe white frosting over cuff; pipe remaining red frosting around edge of stocking. Sprinkle cuff with edible glitter.
  • Fill stocking with cookies and candies.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece (calculated without finishing touches): 684 calories, 41g fat (25g saturated fat), 193mg cholesterol, 318mg sodium, 75g carbohydrate (55g sugars, 0 fiber), 7g protein.

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