There’s only one Disney film that has taken the world by (snow)storm, and by now I’m sure you’ve guessed what that is: Frozen. Loved by children and adults alike, there’s every reason for you to create your very own Frozen cake or cupcakes, and it’s not as difficult as you may first think. The cake would be perfect for a birthday or you can even tailor this for a Christmas cake! If you’re worried about attempting to make a Frozen cake, it’s time to say ‘let it go’ and get stuck in with this step by step tutorial.
you will need…
- 8″ & 4″ Sponge Cake
- 11″ Cake Drum
- 15mm Satin Ribbon
- 500g White Sugarpaste
- 1.3kg Light Blue Sugarpaste
- Frozen ‘Elsa’ Cake Topper
- Frozen ‘Anna’ Cake Topper
- Frozen ‘Olaf’ Cake Topper
- Letter & Number Cutters
- Small Snowflake Plunger Cutter
- Sky Blue Paste Colour
- Cutting Wheel
- Rolling Pin
- White Non-Parelis
- Bone Modelling Tool
- Edible White Glitter
- Flat Dusting Brush
- Edible Glue
Step By Step In Pictures
Before you begin, you will need to make two cakes, one 8″ cake and one 4″ cake and cover these with light blue sugarpaste. To see how much sugarpaste you will need, see our handy sugarpaste and marzipan quantities guide. You will also need to cover a round cake drum with light blue sugarpaste, and we recommend using a cake drum that is approximately 3″ bigger than your largest cake – in this case, we’ve used an 11″ drum.
Making The Snow Tops
1. Ok so you’ve covered your cakes, now it’s time to start building these up to look like a Frozen masterpiece. Begin by taking 250g of white sugarpaste and thoroughly kneading this with your hands, before shaping into a smooth round ball. Lightly dust your surface with icing sugar and roll this out to approximately 2mm thick and around 2” bigger than the diametre of your largest cake. For example, if your largest cake is 8”, roll the white icing out to 10”.
2. Next take your cutting wheel and carefully begin cutting around the edge of your sugarpaste in a wavy pattern. Once you’re happy with the shape, gently lift this up and drape it over your cake. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for your smaller cake. If you need to, dab a little edible glue under the white sugarpaste to ensure the edges are secured to the cake and don’t stick out.
3. Place the largest cake onto your pre-iced cake board, and then stack the smaller cake on top of the larger one, carefully positioning this in the centre of the larger cake.
Creating The Snow Balls
4. The hardest part is now done! Phew. It’s time to start adding the details to your Frozen cake. Start by rolling lots of small balls of white sugarpaste, using your hands, and position these in a random pattern around the edges of your cake. You want to create a snowball effect so bear this in mind when arranging them.
Using Isomalt To Make Ice Shards
5. As everyone knows, Elsa and ice go hand in hand (pun intended), so to capture the essence of this why not create some ice for the top tier of your cake? How do you do this? By using isomalt. Follow the instructions on the back of the pack but be careful not to burn yourself when melting this, as it does become very hot. If you want to colour the isomalt as we have done here, use a sky blue paste colour and add a small amount of it, using a cocktail stick, to the melted isomalt and mix it in. Quickly pour the melted mixture onto a non-stick mat and leave the isomalt to harden.
6. To make the frozen ‘shards’ of ice, simply use the end of your rolling pin to break the isomalt into small pieces. As you can see from the pictures, when isomalt dries it goes very hard and brittle, almost like glass. Whilst it is edible, we wouldn’t recommend eating this and so the shards should be removed from the cake before serving. It creates a great effect, but it is not suitable for children.
7. Take the broken pieces of isomalt and arrange these in a suitable pattern around the top tier of your cake. To make them stand, simply push the base of the isomalt pieces into the sugarpaste. Here we have placed the ice around the edges of the cake, as we will be putting our Elsa character topper in the centre.
Arranging The Frozen Cake Toppers
8. Now you can finally add your Frozen characters to the cake! Here we have placed Elsa on the top tier, and rolled a small ball of white sugarpaste to place in her hand for extra detail. Anna has been placed on the second tier and Olaf stands happily on the cake drum. Of course, you can arrange the characters however you like – or even add Kristoff and Sven to the mix! The choice is yours.
The Finishing Touches
9. The main elements of your cake are now complete, and the only thing left is to add the name of whoever the cake is for (if appropriate) and their age (if the cake is for a birthday), as well as a few snowflake decorations. For the name, firstly add some gum tragacanth to some blue sugarpaste and then roll this out to roughly 0.5cm thick. Use the alphabet cutters to carefully create each letter and leave these to dry, preferably overnight.
10. Now you can add gorgeous detail to your letters by using water or edible glue to wet the top of each letter, and then dip these into white non-parelis. This will create a charming snow effect! Use the pointed end of the bone modelling tool to scrape off any excess non-parelis to make the snow appear as though it is ‘dripping’ down each letter.
11. Stand the letters around the base of your cake.
12. Similarly, use a large number cutter to make the age – here we’ve gone for a 5th birthday cake. Decorate the top of this using either white-non parelis as before, or alternatively you can use a silver glitter for a gorgeous shimmering effect. Simply use a little water to wet the top of the letter, and then use a paintbrush to add the glitter.
13. Place the number against the edge of the top tier and secure into place using a little edible glue if required.
14. Finally, for extra detail, use a small veined snowflake cutter to make small white snowflakes and stick these to both tiers of your cake. Roll out your white sugarpaste to roughly 3mm thick and then press down on the plunger cutter to emboss the veining pattern. We think less is more, so only use a few snowflakes on the cake.
Stand back and take a look at what you’ve made: the perfect Frozen cake! If you’re feeling up to the challenge, why not make some Frozen cupcakes to match your two-tier masterpiece?