Rudolph Christmas cake recipe

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serves: 14 - 21
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
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  • Kids and adults alike will love this Christmas cake design, featuring everyone’s favourite reindeer, Rudolph – a super simple design which is great for baking beginners. For the perfect guide on how to make the Christmas cake needed for the base, take a look at our Easy Christmas cake recipe!

    And why stop there? In addition to your cute little reindeer family you could make a whole Christmas scene, how about some snowflakes? Or what about a big Christmas tree covered from top to botttom in bright festive baubles and a glistening star on top! Not sure how to decorate your Christmas cake? Our simple Christmas cake decorating ideas are sure to inspire!



    • 100g teddy-bear brown sugarpaste
    • Chocolate brown edible ink pen
    • 1 red Smartie
    • 2 small brown candy-covered chocolate sweets
    • Reindeer cookie cutters


    • Cover your Christmas cake with marzipan and sugar paste.

    • Knead the brown sugarpaste to soften it and roll it out on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar. Cut out 1 large and 2 smaller reindeer shapes. If there is time, allow them to dry so they’ll be easier to draw the details on; if not, use the edible ink pen, but take care not to press too hard on the sugarpaste or it will indent.

    • Mix some of the brown sugarpaste with water to give a sticky glue. Use a little to stick the red Smartie on to the largest reindeer for Rudolph’s nose and a brown sweet on to each of the smaller reindeer’s noses. Use some of the glue to position the reindeers on the cake. Wrap a ribbon around the cake.

    Top tip for making Rudolph Christmas cake

    Instead of Smarties you could use glacier cherries instead for Ruldoph's famous red nose.

    Tip for getting the perfect reindeer shape

    Now we're not going to pretend that creating a reindeer out of fondant icing is an easy feat, we're not all star bakers after all! A easy tip to help you get a great shape that actually resembles a reindeer is to first print off a picture of a reindeer and place it underneath some baking parchment paper. Trace the outline of the design onto the paper and then cut that out. You can now use this as a stencil to cut out your fondant reindeer shapes!

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