Ugly Sweater Cake

Make an entrance at your next holiday party with this easy Ugly Sweater Cake!

Make an entrance at your next holiday party with this easy Ugly Sweater Cake!

I wasn’t even going to share this on the blog. It’s not really even a recipe. However, my blog is a journal of our food over the years…so in that regard my kids love to look back and see the photos of some of their favorite foods.

This Ugly Sweater Cake is one of those things that just came together so easily. It’s literally a box of yellow cake mix, some canned holiday frosting, and a bunch of candy decorations!

However, when it’s put all together it’s the perfect storm for your next holiday party.

Make an entrance at your next holiday party with this easy Ugly Sweater Cake!

Growing up my mom was the queen of Ugly Sweaters. She wore them before they even became trendy! She would purposefully (or at least I hope so) find the ugliest holiday sweater each year and wear it on Christmas Day! Many times it jingled or lit up…and if it didn’t you can be sure she had some earrings or a necklace that did!

Now, ugly sweaters are a whole theme party. Everybody goes to one and wears ugly sweaters. Kohl’s even has a kiosk of “Ugly Sweaters.”

So I think it’s only fitting that if you go to an ugly sweater holiday party…you should bring this fun cake! I found all the candy decorations (love the retro look of them) at my grocery store in the holiday section…however you can also find them on Amazon! There are so many fun things you can do to decorate this cake…but my video shows you just how simple I made mine!

If you check out Lise’s blog, Mom Loves Baking, she has an adorable version using Nestle Candy!!

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Yield: 24 pieces

Ugly Sweater Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes

Make an entrance at your next holiday party with this easy Ugly Sweater Cake!



  1. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper. Prepare cake according to package directions, and remove from oven to cool completely.
  2. Once cake is cooled, remove from baking dish, and using a flat spatula, slide cake out of parchment paper and onto a serving plate (or cutting board).
  3. Spread frosting smooth onto cake top and sides.
  4. Pipe on icing to resemble sweater. I used circle candy sprinkles as buttons and added some fun decorations. ENJOY!

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Make an entrance at your next holiday party with this easy Ugly Sweater Cake!

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Posted on December 14, 2016

Comments & Reviews

  1. This is too fun! I think I could even pull this off! I’m definitely challenged when it comes to cake decorating. Merry Christmas!!

  2. What a fun cake!!!! I know that a lot of people poo-poo on the ugly sweater trend, but i LOVE it. When else are you gonna get a chance to embrace your inner kitsch?

  3. That is just too cool! We are having an ugly sweater contest at our company party – tomorrow. Too late to make this, but it would be a great cake to make. Thanks for sharing your idea!

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

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