DIY Olaf cake made from fondant and buttercream
“Do you want to build a snowman?” This mum did! And what a fabulous job she has done as well. Cheryl put together this amazing DIY Olaf cake for her daughter’s 5th birthday, and it’s a huge success! Here’s how she did it.
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DIY Olaf Cake: Ingredients

According to Cheryl, this cake was a mission. Here’s what she used to pull it together:

  • Bottom two cakes are Coles brand vanilla cake mix. Three packets were used.
  • Top two cakes are premade Coles mud cakes.
  • There is a layer of chocolate between the layers.
  • Buttercream is used over the top of the cakes (before the fondant).

Bottom Of DIY Olaf Cake

Bottom part of Olaf cake
The bottom of Olaf’s body was made with the Vanilla cake (mentioned above), but his feet that you see sticking out were actually moulded with rice bubbles mixed with marshmallows.
This is a common trick in cake decorating! If you need to mould a part of a cake, which is either too fiddly or requires a really particular shape that will be hard to make out of cake, then this mixture above works really well. Once it’s set you can cover it in buttercream and then fondant on top.

Olaf’s Body

Top and head of Olaf birthday cake

With a cake that needs to be stacked, one of the best things you can do is put something in the middle to help stabilise it.

In this case, Cheryl has used a plastic tube that will help Olaf balance nicely on top of himself.

This middle section of the cake was made from two of the Coles chocolate mud cakes. They were stacked on top of each other (with chocolate in-between) then shaped with a knife. Finally they were covered with buttercream and fondant.

DIY Olaf’s Head

DIY Olaf cake made from fondant and buttercream
And last but not least, let’s not forget Olaf’s head! This one has also been made from the rice bubble and marshmallow mixture. It looks incredible!
Cheryl shares that when she put Olaf’s head on it started slipping forward, which caused the fondant to crack (he literally melted!). Of course, she managed to fix that up to present this amazing final result!
All the extra decorations you see, including the hands, buttons, scarf, eyes, nose and hair have been made from fondant and stuck on top!
If you decide to also make your child’s birthday cake, make sure to read about cake boards here.
Need more tips when it comes to planning that next important occasion? Check out our DIY party planning checklist and get started today!


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