Easy Christmas Cake: Santa's Belt
This easy Christmas cake recipe makes a chocolate and red velvet layer cake decorated to look just like Santa's belt. It makes the perfect holiday dessert!
easy Christmas cake
box chocolate cake mix
box red velvet cake mix
batch whipped buttercream frosting
batch vanilla buttercream frosting
Make the chocolate and red velvet cake batters according to the instructions on the box.
Fill 3 8-inch cake pans with red velvet batter.
Fill 1 8-inch cake pan with chocolate cake batter. (You can make cupcakes out of the leftover batter)
Bake cakes in oven according to directions on box.
While cakes are baking, make the whipped buttercream icing and buttercream icing recipes.
Remove cakes from oven and allow them to cool completely.
Using a serrated knife, cut the top of the cakes off to create even cake layers.
Place the chocolate cake on a smooth surface. Using a small biscuit cutter, remove the center of the cake. Save this piece of cake, you'll use it in a minute.
Using a size larger biscuit cutter, remove another layer of the chocolate cake mixture.
Place one red velvet layer down on your platter. Using a pairing knife, remove a small amount of cake. This will be used to place a white layer of icing.
Grab your red tinted buttercream icing and place icing on the red velvet layer.
Place the chocolate layer of cake with hole in the middle on top.
Using a decorating bag fitted with a small round tip, fill the hole in with the white whipped buttercream.
Place the chocolate cake piece you removed first with your biscuit cutter on top of the whipped buttercream. Fill the sides with the remaining whipped buttercream.
Spread the top of the chocolate cake with the red buttercream icing.
Place a second red velvet layer on top and spread red buttercream icing, repeating for the last layer.
Use a light coat of red buttercream icing as the "crumb coat" around the entire top and side of the cake. Place in refrigerator to firm up for at least an hour.
Place a final layer of red buttercream to the outside and top of the cake.
I topped my cake with leftover whipped buttercream that I had on hand. If you have extra you can pipe icing around the bottom of the cake.
Slice and serve!