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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cakes for Charity ... Olaf Cake

Some of you follow me on FB and know I love a Charity called Birthday Dreams, they bring birthdays to homeless kids.  I've been so excited to be able to bring a kid a birthday cake. And you know me and my themes, so this is right up my alley.

This was actually the 3rd cake I made for them, but he was so cute I had to share him first.  I found this idea for a Olaf Cake on Fun Finds for Family.  It was so simple for the template I printed out the Olaf template on The Sensible Mom.  Blow up the image to fit the size of cake you would like.

The little girl who requested Frozen as her themed asked for confetti cake.  NOW most of you know me and I HATE box mixes and avoid if I can.  I found Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake on Sallys Baking Addiction.

First Make your Cake I made 2 LARGE round cakes.



  • 1 and 2/3 cup (210g) all-purpose flour, careful not to overmeasure
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup (60g) yogurt  (plain or vanilla; or greek yogurt; or sour cream)
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk (cow's milk; or soy milk; or almond milk)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sprinkles (not nonpareils)

Then to make your olaf cake:


  • Creme-filled cookies
  • Miniature creme-filled cookies
  • Chocolate licorice
  • Orange frosting
  • Black frosting
  • Buttercream frosting (preferably, the easiest homemade buttercream frosting ever)
  • 1 box of cake mix


*Note: Leave yourself enough time. When making a homemade cake like this, I start at least 24 hours before I need to present it. This allows time to freeze the cakes before decorating, which is one key ingredient to pulling these together.
1. Bake your cake mix, according to instructions. Use your mix to make two 8-inch round cakes.
2. Allow cakes to cool.
3. Freeze cakes, preferably overnight.
4. Make your Olaf template. I used a Frozen worksheet (see below) that we found at our local library. I traced the Olaf head onto a blank piece of paper. Then (just eyeballing it), I made that traced head slightly larger – large enough to cover one 8-inch round cake.
5. Once satisfied with your Olaf cake template, take your cake out of the freezer and place template on top. Using a sharp knife and small cuts, carefully cut around your template to shape the cake. Remember to go slowly… it’s tougher to add cake back on than it is to cut a bit more off.
6. Put cakes back in the freezer.
7. Mix your buttercream frosting.
8. First, spread your cakes with the buttercream frosting.
9. Refreeze frosted cakes while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.
10. Here’s what I used:
  • For eyes: Half of a creme-filled cookie for each eye. Use a mini creme-filled cookie for the inside of the eye.
  • For nose: Dollop of orange frosting
  • For mouth: Black frosting mixed with our white buttercream frosting to make a charcoal grey. Tip: We made a separate template for his mouth. We cut the inside of the mouth out, set it on top of the cake and spread our frosting in the middle, using that template like a stencil. When we pulled our stencil, this gave us a sharper edge all around.
  • For tooth: I didn’t want to spend money on fondant for such a small piece. This was a little tough, but I gently scraped the inside of a creme-filled cookie and called it a tooth.
  • For buttons: Creme-filled cookie. Use just half the cookie – or the full.
  • For eyebrows: Chocolate licorice
  • For hair: Chocolate licorice
  • For arms: Chocolate licorice
ALEXIS NOTES: For the nose I took a ice cream cone broke it down to the size I wanted and frosted orange.  For the mouth, eyebrows and inside eye I used black fondant (cut it in the shapes I wanted).  For Tooth I built up my frosting to look like a tooth.  Buttons I used York Mint Patties.  I used my favorite Sturdy Buttercream Frosting that holds up and taste so YUMMY.

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Don't forget to see the parties I link up to HERE.


  1. My boys LOVE him! That cake came out awesome.

  2. What a cute cake Alexis! And what a neat charity!! Such a blessing to be able to use your talent to help those in need :-)

    1. Thank you hun! I love to make kids smile and so happy I can do this.

  3. What an awesome charity! Your cake came out so cute and I am sure that little girl will be thrilled!
    Blessings, Joanne

  4. I haven't heard of this charity. Do they have them in Ga?
    I am so glad you were able to participate.
    The little girl will be thrilled, I am sure.

    1. She was so cute when I walked in, she was screaming it's Olaf!! It made my day!

  5. He is so cute. Hallmark has an ornament this comes out in October!

  6. This cake is so "COOL"! ;) You've been making kids' birthday dreams come true!!! LOVE it!! *Hugs!*

  7. Turned out cute! I want an Olaf cake for my birthday!

  8. Adorable! Pinned. Not sure if my daughter's next bday is going to be Frozen or American Girl.

  9. Oh my cuteness! I would love to have you link it up to my Feature Friday Link Palooza!

    Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic

  10. That's awesome you making the cake for charity .It's such a cute cake and great cause. I know that young child is going to be happy when they see your Olaf cake!!

    Kim @ This Ole Mom

  11. this is awesome! My kids are obsessed with Olaf, who doesn't love him? Thank you for sharing at Friday Favorites!

  12. your olaf cake is fab!! That little girl will be so happy!

  13. Thanks so much for joining the Say G'Day Saturday linky party this week. I've just pinned your posts to the Say G'Day Saturday board.

    Best wishes for a great weekend.
    Natasha in Oz

  14. Each cake just blows me away! They are awesome! If only I was as talented:)

    Thanks for sharing at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party!


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