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Rainbow Trees Cake

The perfect opportunity to let your kids help out in the kitchen
Courtesy of Ready Set Eat

Rainbow trees are made from sugar cones and placed on top of this eggnog layer cake, which is made to resemble a winter wonderland. 

Recipe courtesy of Ready Set Eat

Ready in
2 h and 20 m
80 m
(prepare time)
1 h
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


For the cake

  • PAM® Baking Spray
  • 1 pkg (15.25 oz each) Duncan Hines® Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Cup prepared eggnog
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the buttercream

  • 1 Pound unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 Cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 Cup prepared eggnog
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 10 sugar cones
  • 1 Cup unsweetened coconut flakes


For the cake

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Spray two 8-inch round cake pans with baking spray.

Blend cake mix, eggnog, eggs, oil, rum extract, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large bowl with an electric mixer at low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds.

Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.

Pour batter into pans and bake 26 to 30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool cakes in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes.

Remove from pan and cool completely.

For the buttercream

Beat butter with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.

Add confectioners’ sugar in 1 cup at a time and continue beating until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Reduce speed and beat in eggnog, vanilla and salt.

Place one cake layer on a cardboard disc.

Spread about 3/4 cup buttercream over first layer.

Top with second cake layer.

Spread entire cake with a thin layer of buttercream.

Refrigerate 15 minutes.

Set aside 1 cup buttercream.

Frost cake with remaining buttercream.

Use a serrated knife to cut sugar cones into trees varying in height.

Spread reserved buttercream all over cones and decorate each with rainbow sugar.

Place cones on top of frosted cake.

Pulse coconut flakes in food processor until fine.

Use the coconut snow to decorate around the trees.