Easy New Year cake recipe and, homemade with simple ingredients. Decorated to look like a midnight clock cake with buttercream icing, white and black fondant. Step by step tutorial included. Great for New Year's Eve parties.
It's "time" to kick off the New Year and try new things. This cake is a great start, too! And believe it or not, these New Years Resolution Cookies may actually help you with your own goals and aspirations for the upcoming year. But don't wait too long to try these scrumptious treats, because...well...the clock is ticking! Besides New Year's Day, I think this cake can also work well for Father’s day just like this Tool Box Cake, Star Wars Cake, and Karate Cake.
Table of contents
Key ingredients for happy new year cake
- Chocolate raspberry cakes- You will need a total of two round cakes.
- Buttercream icing- Versatile icing great for cake decorating.
- Black fondant- This is hard to make homemade, so I recommend using store bought.
- White fondant- You will use this to make the numbers and clock hands.
- Sprinkles- I used gray and white to make the finishing touches on the cake.
Use frosting instead of fondant- This entire cake is a very simple design and can be fully decorated in Black Buttercream Icing and no fondant. It's entirely up to you what medium you prefer to use.
Try other color combinations- I chose black and white, but you can do blue and yellow, purple and green, pink and white, or whatever you like!
Pick a different time- I wanted it to look like the clock was about to strike midnight on New Year's Eve. You can pick something more significant like the time of birth for a birthday cake.
Make wrist watch- This design can easily be modified to look like a wrist watch by adding a bit more cake and/or fondant on either side made to look like part of the wrist strap.
How to make easy new years cake (clock cake) from scratch?
- Bake the cakes and allow them to cool completely- While you prepare the icing.
- Place the cake on a stand- Spread icing over the top, and cover with second cake.
- Ice the entire cake- In buttercream icing. (Image 1)
- Roll out black fondant- And spread it over the cake. (Image 2)
- Smooth it out on the top and sides- Then, trim excess along the bottom. (Image 3)
- Cut out a thin strip of black fondant- Stick this around the top of the cake. (Image 4)
- Use the side of a toothpick- To make indentations around the strip. (Image 5)
- Use a fondant mold or candy mold- To create numbers with white fondant. (Image 6)
- Stick these numbers on the cake- By brushing on some water. (Image 7)
- Cut out two small white strips- And two small triangles to stick in the middle of the cake. (Image 8)
- Steam your cake- To create a cleaner, smoother finish.
- Stick on a few sprinkles- Around the top and base of the cake.
Tips and techniques
Black colored fondant is hard to make at home- I highly recommend buying it. Satin Ice and Wilton are two brands that I like.
Don't get too close to the cake when you are steaming- It because sometimes water can splatter onto the cake and that create unsightly puddles and ruin the cake design.
Steaming the cake at the end is not optional- It has to be done to create a cleaner, refined finish.
If you don't like the smell or flavor of fondant- Mix in an extract of your choice and then roll it out.
When rolling out fondant- Make sure your surface is generously sprinkled with powdered sugar to prevent sticking.
Allow cakes to cool completely- Before decorating them or else the frosting will melt and things will become a mess.
Use a spatula to spread icing- On top of the cake so that it is smooth.
Trim excess fondant with a pizza cutter- Because this is the easiest, smoothest way to accomplish the task.
Yes! If you don't like fondant or just prefer icing, use a black frosting or other of your choice.
This happens when the fondant dries out. It is best to work quickly and place the fondant on the cake directly after rolling it out so you can mold it before it gets too dry.
Because it gives a cleaner look, soaks in the extra powdered sugar from rolling, and gives an overall more finished look.
This can happen when there is moisture, like if you put it in your fridge or freezer.
Make Ahead- This can be made a day in advance and I recommend keeping at room temperature away from direct heat and humidity until you are ready to serve.
Room temperature- This can be left out for 2-3 days in a box or container. Fresh is always best!
Refrigerate- Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days but the fondant will become slightly sticky due to the moisture in the fridge.
Freeze- Fondant decorated cakes cannot be frozen because the fondant becomes sticky upon thawing. However, if you choose to do frosting instead of fondant, store frosting and cake separately in sealed containers for up to 1 month. Thaw and decorate per instructions below.
More easy decorated cakes
- Easy Penguin Cake
- How to Make Ombre Cake (Blue)
- Rainbow Sprinkle Cake
- Easy Galaxy Cake
- How to Make Rosette Cake (Buttercream)
- Easy Cereal Cake (With Trix)
- Easy Dinosaur Cake (Dino Cake)
Easy New Year Cake (Clock Cake)
- Bake cakes and allow them to cool completely.
- While the cakes and baking the cooling, prepare the icing.
- Place a chocolate cake on a cake stand.
- Use a spatula to spread icing on top of the cake. You can also add a raspberry jam filling, if you like.
- Place the other cake on top of the icing and press gently.
- Ice the entire cake in buttercream smoothly.
- Sprinkle your work surface generously with powdered sugar. Roll out black fondant and spread it over the cake. Smooth it out on the top and sides. Then, trim excess along the bottom with a pizza cutter.
- Cut out a thin strip of black fondant (about half an inch wide). Brush some water around the top of the cake and stick this strip. Use the side of a toothpick to make "line" indentations all around the strip.
- Use a fondant mold or candy mold to create numbers with white fondant.
- Stick these numbers on the cake by brushing some water.
- Cut out two small white strips and two small triangles for the arrows and stick those around the middle of the cake.
- Steam your cake from a distance, using a steam iron you use for clothes. This allows all the white powdered sugar reside to dissolve into the fondant and creates a cleaner smoother finish.
- Stick a few white jimmie sprinkles around the top of the cake. Toss some sprinkles around the base of the cake. Enjoy!
- Don't use too much water to stick fondant pieces. It will become very sticky and hard to handle. A small amount goes a long way.
- Instead of using a mold for numbers, you can pipe them in white icing but you would need a steady hand.
- Don't forget to steam your cake at the end to dissolve all the white powdered sugar residue.
- Read additional tips and variations above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.