Cheat’s Guide to a Pro No-Bake Christmas Cake

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Photography Charissa Leong | Create a Christmas miracle with a little cake magic!

Impress your mother-in-law this Christmas with a surreal tiered cake, without having to mix up any cake batter at all!

That’s right!

Its actually a fake cake sitting underneath all of that lush cake embellishment! So why not skip the Christmas tree and create a luscious cake reminiscent of the gingerbread houses that most of us have come to love around the festive season. No, it’s neither a house, nor made of edible gingerbread, but it’s gloriously covered in sweet goodies for young and old to enjoy alike!

Photography Charissa Leong | Just two simple ingredients: styrofoam and frosting!
Photography Charissa Leong | Just two simple ingredients: styrofoam and frosting!
Photography Charissa Leong | Make it 1 or 2 or 3-tiered! It’s totally up to you!
Photography Charissa Leong | Make it 1 or 2 or 3-tiered! It’s totally up to you
Photography Charissa Leong | No one will ever know about the fake cake under that pretty frosted mess!
Photography Charissa Leong | No one will ever know about the fake cake under that pretty frosted mess!

Materials

  • Styrofoam base
  • Double-sided tape
  • Flowers
  • Any sweets or chocolate of your choice
  • Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Frosting (available at Cold Storage)
  • Food colouring
  • Spatula

Method

  1. Create your styrofoam tiers by shaping them into cylindrical shapes. Then, secure them down to your cake stand with double-sided tape, making sure that each tier is centered on top of each other.
  2. Colour your frosting with any food colouring of your choice. With a spatula, ice your styrofoam cake tiers in frosting. Don’t worry if it isn’t neat; you’ll be covering the imperfections with your flowers and cake decorations soon.
  3. This is the fun bit! Simply place your decorations anywhere you like! The frosting should help to keep the decorations in place. If they move a little, just add a small dollop of frosting to the spots where you want them to be before putting them on.
  4. Keep the finished cake proudly standing in an air-conditioned room to prolong the time that it can be adored!
Photography Charissa Leong | Just like decorating a frosting-covered X’mas tree!
Photography Charissa Leong | Just like decorating a frosting-covered X’mas tree!
Photography Charissa Leong | This fake cake is adorned with gold-dusted maltesers and edible flowers, but you can top it with any candy or fresh fruit that pleases you!
Photography Charissa Leong | This fake cake is adorned with gold-dusted maltesers and edible flowers, but you can top it with any candy or fresh fruit that pleases you!
Photography Charissa Leong | Like gilded baubles and twinkling lights hanging on the tree!
Photography Charissa Leong | Like gilded baubles and twinkling lights hanging on the tree!
Photography Charissa Leong | If you don’t know where to begin, start with your favourite colours!
Photography Charissa Leong | If you don’t know where to begin, start with your favourite colours!
Photography Charissa Leong | Then, slowly build your fake cake until you’re happy with how it looks. There’s no wrong answer!
Photography Charissa Leong | Then, slowly build your cake until you’re happy with how it looks. There’s no wrong answer!
Photography Charissa Leong | It’s all in the details!
Photography Charissa Leong | It’s all in the details!
Photography Charissa Leong | If Christmas is all about beautifully-wrapped surprises, this will definitely take the cake!
Photography Charissa Leong | If Christmas is all about beautifully-wrapped surprises, this will definitely take the cake!
Photography Charissa Leong | Floral magic and a little illusion!
Photography Charissa Leong | Floral magic and a little illusion!
Photography Charissa Leong | Explore the homewares section of Metro (The Centrepoint) for exquisite serving stands that will perfectly complement your stunning cake!
Photography Charissa Leong | Explore the homewares section of Metro (The Centrepoint) for exquisite serving stands that will perfectly complement your stunning cake!
Photography Charissa Leong | Fresh and vibrant! Perfect for some festive cheer!
Photography Charissa Leong | Fresh and vibrant. Perfect for festive cheer.

Of course, nothing will beat pure, indulgent holiday baking, with freshly-made cinnamon cookies just coming out of the oven, and marshmallowy s’mores baked into everything. But, especially for the non-bakers among us, Christmas is a time for miracles. So, why not create a wondrous and magical cake for all your loved ones? Just be careful – they may expect it every year!

Where To Get Your Ingredients & Tools

If you’re unsure about the direction of your blooms for the cake, head down to Flora Springs & Party (Anchorpoint), A Tilly A Day (Waterway Point), Exim Arts (Anchorpoint), Mi-O-Gifts (YewTee Point & Waterway Point) and Noel Gifts (Changi City Point) for their floral know-how and flowers.

SKP (Eastpoint Mall) and Metro (Causeway Point & The Centrepoint) stocks some simple baking accessories to decorate your cake with.

Get your craft materials from Daiso (Eastpoint Mall & Waterway Point), Smiggle (Northpoint), Elements by Home-Fix (Waterway Point), Home-Fix The D.I.Y Store (Eastpoint Mall, Causeway Point & Northpoint) and Japan Home (Anchorpoint, Causeway Point, Northpoint, YewTee Point, Eastpoint Mall & Waterway Point).

Get great quality fresh fruit or fun decorative candy from Little Farms (Valley Point) and Cold Storage (AnchorpointCauseway Point & Northpoint).

Find your Betty Crocker frosting at Cold Storage (AnchorpointCauseway Point & Northpoint).

Need a grand cake stand to display all your hard work? Check out Metro (The Centrepoint & Causeway Point) and Kitchen+Ware (Waterway Point) for great home entertaining products.

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