Homemade Cake – Olaf from Frozen

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Homemade Cake – Olaf from Frozen


Homemade cake

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Do you want to build a snowman… cake?

We celebrated a birthday this month – and this winter, there was no better choice for our homemade cake than this fun Olaf cake from Frozen.

I’ve been making homemade cakes every year for each kid’s birthday – and it’s one of my favorite parts of celebrating. Coming up with a unique birthday cake idea, planning the execution of all the little details and putting the plan into action – and of course, seeing the final results. I love to watch the reactions of my kiddos and to see their excitement at their special cake.

That said, it takes some planning. Not as much as you might think, but there IS some planning involved. I’ve chosen to spend that time and energy on the decorating more than the cake itself. So my choice every year is to use a boxed cake mix. This frees me up to make our favorite easiest buttercream icing ever recipe (from scratch) and to focus more heavily on the decorations.

Olaf cakeHomemade Cake – Olaf from Frozen


  • 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

Frozen Worksheet

Frozen worksheet

These are just the ingredients I chose to use. Here’s where you can use your creativity, if you have other ideas. You could use frosting for the eyes and eyebrows. You could use a giant marshmallow for the tooth. Possibilities are only limited by your imagination – and that’s the fun part about a homemade cake!


    • Alissa says

      Thanks, Tracy! It took a little patience to get the cookies to stay together without breaking, but it paid off! And my kids didn’t mind eating the first few attempts that failed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. says

    This is such an awesome idea. My daughter just had a Frozen themed 5th birthday party last month and I would have loved to have made this for her. Olaf is my favorite character from the movie!

  2. says

    We will be having a Frozen movie night tonight and I cannot wait! I may be more excited than my 3 year old. This is such a cute cake!!

  3. says

    Of course I’m going to have to try this, and of course it’s not going to come out as cute. But I’m going to do it anyway. :) It’s way too cute not to try. Good job on yours!

  4. says

    That cake looks just like Olaf! I love the black licorice for his twig hand. I just saw Frozen for the first time this past weekend, it was such a fun movie – and this cake is so whimsical!

  5. says

    How fun!! We haven’t seen the movie yet, but I know as soon as my kids do this will be the next obsession. When my daughter asks for a Frozen cake for her bday, THIS is where I’ll be headed! Thanks so much!!

  6. says

    This is absolutely adorable! I am going to have to show my daughter this after school, I bet she will want one for her birthday!!

  7. says

    I have yet to see this movie, my daughter just informed me last night that she wants to see it. I love this cake idea, I bet she would want to make it after she watches the movie.

  8. says

    Great post!! How darling is this! I usually don’t make fancy cakes, but you made this look do-able! Thanks for sharing. My girls would love this.

  9. says

    It doesn’t have to be a snow man!!!
    Thank you so much for bringing your creativity to wake up Wednesdays it’s great having you join this week

  10. says

    Oh my goodness! How cute is he! Aww, I wouldn’t be able to eat him, maybe his buttons. I’d definitely eat his buttons. I’m stopping by from the blog hop. Happy Thursday!

  11. says

    I love this cake! My kids will love it, too! We were in Disney recently and Olaf was their favorite character to see. This sounds like a fun summer day in the kitchen with the kids. Thanks for sharing!

  12. says

    I think I like this for my birthday. So cute! It’s one of those cakes that are so cute you want to make just to make. Pinning.

  13. says

    Oh I am adding this awesome cake to our Summer Fun Board! How fun would it be to have an Summertime “Frozen” party!
    I’d love for you to join my Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party. We are live now!
    ~ Ashley

  14. says

    My son would LOVE this!!! Pinning this for our holiday party with the playgroup this winter. I’m just stopping by to Say G’day from the Say G’Day Saturday Party. Have a beautiful day and see you again soon!

  15. says

    Hi! Stopping by from the Wake Up Wednesday link party! I love this cake so much! My daughter is obsessed with this movie and this cake would be great for her! I’m glad you are a featured blog this week on our party. I voted for you! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m now following you on G+, Twitter and FB! Hope to connect again with you soon!
    Kate-The Organized Dream

  16. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I love this cake and I know my kiddos will too!! :) Thanks so much for joining us at Freedom Fridays – we’re featuring you this week!!

  17. says

    My kids would go NUTS over this cake! When they saw this picture they got very excited! I noticed that this awesome recipe was featured on Freedom Fridays and would be thrilled if you would bring it to my party too! You can find The Yuck Stops Here this week until Sunday evening at 8pm ET at http://mommasangelbaby.com/the-yuck-stops-here-10/ or starting next Tuesday at 8pm ET at http://mommasangelbaby.com/?p=2628. Hope to see you there! Thanks for sharing & HUGS

  18. Tammy says

    Hi! I’m attempting this cake. I have already cut and frozen the cakes. However, the cake is for Saturday. Do you recommend frosting it today or waiting until Saturday? Thanks!

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