Creating a beautiful and delicious mini-cake for your Holiday celebration has never been easier! These Fancy Christmas Cakes are as tasty as they are festive! (video tutorial)

Fancy Christmas Cakes! (Homemade Ding Dongs) Video Tutorial!

To create these lovely Fancy Christmas Cakes you will need:

1 box white cake mix (can also use vanilla or a from-scratch recipe)

McCormick Vanilla Extract

1-ounce bottle McCormick Red food coloring

1-ounce bottle McCormick Green food coloring

2 bowls


(2) 9 x 13 baking pans

2 1/2 round cookie cutter

1 recipe buttercream (below)

16-ounce package Candyquick Chocolate (can also use your preferred chocolate, but may need to add shortening)

sheet pan, parchment paper, and cooling rack

Fancy Christmas Cakes! (Homemade Ding Dongs) Video Tutorial!

How to Make Christmas Cakes

Start out by prepare box cake mix according to directions. (You can also make a homemade white cake)

Separate the cake batter into two bowls. There are approximately 3 cups total of cake batter so put 1 1/2 cups into each bowl.

To the first bowl of cake batter add 1 tablespoon of red food coloring.

Fancy Christmas Cakes! (Homemade Ding Dongs) Video Tutorial!

Tips & Tricks for Fancy Christmas Cakes

If you use a large amount of food coloring as I have, add a little McCormick Vanilla Extract to ensure the cake tastes as sweet as it looks! Why do I prefer McCormick? Not only can I find it everywhere (and adore that my readers can too!) but I love knowing I am using a product that is the best quality.

For this recipe, I added 1 teaspoon to the red batter. (I did not add any to the green batter but you certainly could. You could also add peppermint extract for a wonderful seasonal flavor!)

Once you have added the red food coloring and vanilla carefully mix until fully incorporated. Pour into a prepared (I lined my pan with parchment paper and coated it with Homemade Baker’s Spray – or GOOP) pan. Once the batter is in the pan, tap it on the counter to force air bubbles to the top.

Fancy Christmas Cakes Ingredients

Bake for 12-15 minutes. At 6 minutes remove pan and tap it on the counter to remove any air bubbles. When the cake is done baking invert it onto a cooling rack.

While the red cake is baking prepare green cake batter.

Add 1 tablespoon of green food coloring to the remaining cake batter. Carefully mix until fully combined. If you have another 9×13 pan you can pour the batter into the pan. (Or you can use the pan the red cake is in, just be careful when cleaning it as it will be hot.)

Bake green cake for 12-15 minutes. At 6 minutes remove pan and tap it on the counter to remove any air bubbles. When the cake is done baking invert it onto a cooling rack.

Chill cakes until ready to assemble.

Prepare buttercream.

Fancy Christmas Cakes! (Homemade Ding Dongs) Video Tutorial!

When ready to assemble place green cake on a flat surface covered with parchment paper.

Cover with a thin layer of buttercream. Smooth out the frosting so that it is flat and even.

Place red cake on top of the buttercream.

You may need to chill cakes more at this point. If they are too soft you will not get precision cuts with the cookie cutter.

Place a cookie cooling rack on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Prepare a second sheet pan and cover with parchment paper.

Fancy Christmas Cake

Press the cookie cutter into the cake and then press all the way through. Repeat this seven more times so you have 8 total mini cakes.

Set mini cakes on the cooling rack.

Melt chocolate according to the directions on the package. Pour chocolate over mini cake then smooth out chocolate with an offset spatula. Once mini-cake is completely covered, put offset spatula under the cake and carefully lift it up and move it to other sheet pan covered with parchment paper.

Repeat until all the mini cakes are covered. You should only need one coat of chocolate.

Fancy Christmas Cakes! (Homemade Ding Dongs) Video Tutorial!

Cool mini cakes for about 30 minutes, or until chocolate is hard.

These Fancy Christmas Cakes are a fantastic way to share joy with others! Package them up in cellophane, tie with a pretty string and send them to someone you love!

Fancy Christmas Cakes! (Homemade Ding Dongs) Video Tutorial!

Fancy Christmas Cakes with Whipped Filling

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Creating a beautiful and delicious mini-cake for your Holiday celebration has never been easier!


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 16 oz confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp. (2% or whole) milk
  • pinch salt


  • Beat butter in bowl of stand mixer with whisk attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. (about 3 minutes)
  • Add vanilla extract.
  • With mixer on low, slowly add in confectioners’ sugar , milk, and salt; frequently scrape sides and bottom of bowl.
  • Once incorporated, whip frosting for at least 3 minutes on medium high to high. (My mixer went for 7 minutes)
  • If frosting is too thick to spread, gradually beat in additional milk.
  • Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Rewhip before using.


Use THIS White Cake recipe for from-scratch cakes.

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Here is a video where you can see just how easy and fun these are to put together:

It was an absolute delight to create these Fancy Christmas Cakes with McCormick. Thank you so, so much for supporting the brands that support this blog. I only work with the best, and am thankful that McCormick is willing to partner with me! <3

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Reader Comments

  1. These are perfect, I will definitely use them as a treat for my guests at my wedding. I love your tutorials, they are so easy to follow even for learner😉

  2. Can I use almond extract plus the vanilla in both batters and the only thing I have is Wilton Gel Food colors do you know how much I would use? Thank you 🙂

  3. I do not own a fancy upright mixer but have a kitchen aid brand hand mixer that has whisk type beaters rather than traditional beaters. Will that work for this?

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