Candy Cane Striped Cake

Learn how to make pretty candy cane stripes on a cake. It’s super-easy to do and is a fun and pretty way to decorate a dessert for the holidays.

Learn how to make pretty candy cane stripes on a cake. It's super-easy to do and is a fun and pretty way to decorate a dessert for the holidays.

A couple of years ago I was asked to whip up a dessert for a friend’s last-minute get-together. I had a cake mix on hand and not much else. As the cake cooked I looked around and brainstormed and eventually came up with this idea of a quick fun holiday cake decoration: Candy Cane Striped Cake. Here’s how you do it:

Step#1

Make a chocolate cake from a cake mix or from any recipe you’d like. I used a cake mix and baked it in a 9×13 inch cake pan. Let it cool completely.

Step#2

Ice the cake. For the pictures here I made whipped cream out of 2 cups of whipping cream and 4 tabelspoons of icing sugar. I like the whipped cream because it gives that droopy fluffy snow effect.

Step#3

Break up 5 or 6 candy canes into pieces. Then put the pieces into a mortar and pestle and smash until it’s partly dust and partly tiny pieces. You can instead crush the canes by putting them into a ziplock bag and smashing them with a rolling pin but I find that the bits of candy cane are sharp and puncture tiny holes in the bag. I don’t think any plastic gets into the mix but you do end up with candy dust on your counter.

Step#4

Cut out a bunch of 1/2 inch thick strips of paper. A heavier paper, like index weight, works best. You’ll need about 15 strips for a 9×13-inch cake.

Step#5

Lay a strip of paper diagonally across the middle of the cake, so that it goes from one corner to the other. You may need two strips, overlapping at the center of the cake, to get all the way across the cake. Working from that middle strip toward a corner, lay strips of paper on the cake leaving a 1/2 inch gap between strips. Use a ruler to evenly place the strips. Press the strips down lightly so that they stick to the whipped cream. Repeat working from the middle strip towards the other corner.

An easy way to decorate a cake for Christmas: Candy Cane Stripes!

 

Step#6

Sprinkle the cake with the candy cane crumbs. I like a fine dusting but you can put as much or as little as you’d like.

An easy way to decorate a cake for Christmas: Candy Cane Stripes!

Step#7

Starting at a corner of the cake, gently grasp two ends of a strip of paper and lift it up and off the cake. Discard. If any bits of candy fall off the paper and onto what is supposed to be an undusted white stripe, use a small spoon to remove it or to nudge it over to a dusted area. Remove all the strips of paper in this way until they are all off of the cake.

If you have any candy cane dust left, sprinkle it around the edge of the cake plate. It looks pretty there.

This is an easy cake decorating idea for Christmas: Stripes of crushed candy canes are stunning and delicious on a Christmas cake.

 

Refrigerate the cake until serving. It will be fine for 3 hours in the fridge.

Here are the instructions in printable form:

Candy Cane Striped Cake

Ingredients:

  • a 9x13-inch cake
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 4 Tbsp. confectioners sugar
  • 5 candy canes
  • 2 sheets index weight paper

Directions:

  1. Cool the cake completely. Pour the whipping cream into a bowl and stir in the sugar. Whip until soft peaks form. Dollop it onto the cake and smooth it to the edges to make droopy, fluffy snow drifts.
  2. Break up 5 or 6 candy canes into pieces. Then put the pieces into a mortar and pestle and smash until it's partly dust and partly tiny pieces. You can instead crush the canes by putting them into a ziplock bag and smashing them with a rolling pin but I find that the bits of candy cane are sharp and puncture tiny holes in the bag. I don't think any plastic gets into the mix but you do end up with candy dust on your counter.
  3. Cut out a bunch of 1/2 inch thick strips from the paper. Lay a strip of paper diagonally across the middle of the cake, so that it goes from one corner to the other. You may need two strips, overlapping at the center of the cake, to get all the way across the cake. Working from that middle strip toward a corner, lay strips of paper on the cake leaving a 1/2 inch gap between strips. Use a ruler to evenly place the strips. Press the strips down lightly so that they stick to the whipped cream. Repeat working from the middle strip towards the other corner.
  4. Sprinkle the cake with the candy cane crumbs. I like a fine dusting but you can put as much or as little as you'd like.
  5. Starting at a corner of the cake, gently grasp two ends of a strip of paper and lift it up and off the cake. Discard. If any bits of candy fall off the paper and onto what is supposed to be an undusted white stripe, use a small spoon to remove it or to nudge it over to a dusted area. Remove all the strips of paper in this way until they are all off of the cake.
  6. If you have any candy cane dust left, sprinkle it around the edge of the cake plate.
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This post originally appeared in December, 2012 and was revised and republished December, 2016.

11 Responses to “Candy Cane Striped Cake”

  1. Ruthy — December 21, 2012 @ 9:34 pm (#)

    Love!! So stinking festive. Also, question: with tons of leftover crushed candy canes, do you have to resist the urge to eat them by the spoonful? Because I’ve been there. Love candy canes. :)

    • Christine Pittman — December 24, 2012 @ 7:51 am (#)

      Thanks Ruthy! Actually, I don’t really like candy canes on their own, just when they’re on something chocolate. So I haven’t had that problem. However, my son can’t walk past a candy cane crumb without eating it. He’s been hyper since his holidays started. I’m sure it must be because of all the candy canes I’ve been crushing!

  2. Paula — December 21, 2012 @ 10:53 am (#)

    This is a great use for those left-over crushed candy canes. Very festive!

  3. Liz — December 21, 2012 @ 10:34 am (#)

    Very cool! You could use this simple technique in a variety of ways. Thanks!

  4. phyllis — December 21, 2012 @ 7:52 am (#)

    Very pretty. I’ve also seen paper doilies used to make it look like snowflakes.

    • Christine Pittman — December 21, 2012 @ 10:12 am (#)

      I wonder if the dollies would work with the candy cane crumbs or if you would need to stick to icing sugar. It would probably look more like snowflakes if it was icing sugar. Worth trying though!

  5. Steph @321delish — December 20, 2012 @ 7:44 pm (#)

    Great idea! I’m definitely going to use this!

    • Christine Pittman — December 21, 2012 @ 10:12 am (#)

      Thanks Steph! If you do, let me know how it turns out.

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