This Gluten-Free Vanilla Frozen Cake will make anyone who loves Elsa or Olaf smile. It’s easy to make and will be ready for your next Elsa party!
Let me start off by telling you that I am NOT a cake decorator by any means. You can probably tell from the not-so-smooth frosting, the hand drawn snow-flakes, and the cake topper – I’m not an expert. What I AM, is someone who loves to please others. Someone who will make a sweet treat to brighten your day. Someone who likes to create things and make them as simple as possible. I made this cake for a friends 4-year-old daughter. She was over the moon when she saw it and I was happy that I could give her a gluten-free “Frozen” cake.
Please don’t be intimidated by this recipe, or by making and/or decorating this cake. It’s really easy, I promise. This cake was made from the vanilla cake recipe below (you can use whatever vanilla cake recipe, or mix you want), buttercream frosting, white chocolate, blue food coloring, editable pearls, blue crystal sprinkles, and toys purchased at the store. Simple. Not convinced yet? No worries, I will break it down for you.
- Make the cake below, fill a 6-inch round baking pan half full with batter, and divide the remaining batter between two 8-inch pans. I didn’t have a 6-inch baking pan, so I used a ramekin.
- Make your buttercream frosting; set aside.
- While your cakes cool, you can make the snowflakes. Go to your computer and Google “Snowflake Gif”. Search through the snowflakes and pick out one that looks simple. Copy it 6-8 times into a word doc, and print it out. Tape it to the counter and place a piece of wax paper over the top, taping it down as well.
- In a small microwaveable bowl, melt 1 cup of gluten-free white chocolate chips (30 seconds at a time, stirring in between). You only want to heat them until they are about half melted. Pull them out of the microwave and stir them until the remaining chips are melted and it’s smooth. Add 1-2 drops of blue food coloring and stir until the color is even.
- Spoon the melted chocolate into a zip lock bag. Snip a small corner off, and slowly trace and fill in your snowflakes. If you use the edible pearls like I did, you’ll want to place them onto your snowflake before you trace your next snowflake (as the chocolate will harden fast). Make sure to lay the chocolate on thick enough that it wont break when you peel the snowflake from the wax paper. Once you’re done drawing all your snowflakes, let them sit until they harden. Transfer them to the refrigerator if you need to. Tip: If you want to clean up your snowflake lines a little, use a toothpick while its still cooling.
- Let’s build the cake! Place a spoonful of frosting onto your plate or serving platter. This will hold the cake in place. Put your first 8-inch layer on, centering it as much as possible. Frost the top.
- Next, place your second layer on. Frost the top and then the sides of the whole cake. I like to do a thin layer of frosting, and then add a thicker layer to cover up and crumbs that might have gotten mixed with the first layer of frosting.
- Frost the top and sides of your 6-inch cake round.
- Carefully peel your chocolate snow flakes from the wax paper and push them gently into the side of your cake.
- Sprinkle your blue crystal sprinkles on top.
- Place the 6-inch cake round on top, centering it as much as possible.
- Add some additional sprinkles to the top and a cake topper or Frozen figurine (if you chose).
- That’s it! It’s not too complicated, but it does take some time.