Starting with a cake mix, this stunning festive creation is easy every step of the way.

  • PREP: 0 hr(s). 20 min / Total: 1 hr(s). 20 min
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  • Servings: 16 servings, 1 piece (87 g) each

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Make It

  • Heat oven to 350°F.

  • Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 2 (9-inch) round cake layers, blending dry pudding mix into batter before pouring into prepared pans. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Invert onto wire racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.

  • Beat cream cheese and icing sugar in small bowl with mixer until well blended. Gently stir in Cool Whip until well blended.

  • Stack cake layers on plate, filling with 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture. Frost top and side with remaining cream cheese mixture.

  • Poke 2 small holes in bottom of ice cream cone; insert ends of licorice into holes leaving small loop at top. Place cone next to cake to resemble ornament hanger. Decorate top of cake with decorating gel and coloured sugar as desired. Keep refrigerated.

Kraft Kitchen Tips


    You'll know it's a special occasion when you get to enjoy a serving of this festive cake.


    For fun and easy patterns, place cookie cutters on top of cake and fill in shape with coloured sugar.

Ratings & Reviews



I made this cake for xmas eve/birthday and it was a hit!!! I really loved to decorate it!! I will make this recipe again!


Made this for my class, we didnt get to eat it because of the snow day, but we had it later on and it was delicious!


I totally changed the recipe to make it a little more Christmas. I used spice cake instead of chocolate and used vanilla pudding mix. I also decreased the cool whip to 1 cup and added about 1 cup of canned pumpkin. It made a bit of extra icing but I just put the extra on and in the cake, it was good, not-too-sweet icing and the pumpkin and cream cheese complimented the spice cake. I will defiantly make this again, I had so many complements and my family still talks about it 2 years later. Thanks for the inspiration. Donna


I was very happy with how this turned out after I made it. The taste is great, but it takes a bit to make but very impressive once it's done.


Frosting was excellent... very creamy and not too sweet... it was also a nice consistency to work with. The cake was okay... very moist but nothing special. I'll certainly make the frosting again but likely not the cake.


I've made this cake for two Christmas parties now, and it was a hege hit at both. Everyone loved the cream cheese icing! The decorating was fun and easy too! Kids loved it!


Made this cake this past weekend for my daughter's birthday, what a hit the cake was, I just need to work on the decorating skills...but everyone raved...


very good. the icing was perfect! i liked how it wasn't too sweet. it has a cheesecake taste to it, hence the cream cheese. i used this recipe to make a birthday cake instead and it turned out great.




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Makes 16 servings, 1 piece (87 g) each.

Nutritional Info

Serving Size 1 slice (87 g)

Total Fat 17g
Saturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 370mg
Total Carbohydrates 58g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 40g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A6%
Vitamin C0%

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.


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