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Naughty or nice stocking cakes

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

Festive cakes with a surprise inside

Santa Claus is coming to town soon… have you been naughty or nice this year? Find out when you break into your Christmas stocking cake.

 Naughty or nice stocking cakes

Were you naughty or nice this year? One bite of these Christmas stocking cakes will tell you. Surprise your friends and family this holiday season by serving little cakes with naughty or nice treats hidden inside — mini M&M's if you've been nice, black licorice "coal" if you've been naughty.

Naughty or nice stocking cakes recipe

Yields 10-12 cakes

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 1 box Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Stocking-shaped cookie cutter
  • Mini M&M's (holiday colors)
  • Black licorice, chopped
  • White frosting



Make red velvet cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with parchment paper.

In a bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil and water. Pour into lined pan. Tap pan on the counter to remove air bubbles. Bake for 35-38 minutes. Allow cake to cool.

 Naughty or nice stocking cakes


Remove cake from pan and trim

Remove the cake from the pan. Trim the top flat and flip the cake over to the parchment paper side. Remove parchment paper.

 Naughty or nice stocking cakes


Cut out stocking shapes and hollow out center

Using a stocking-shaped cookie cutter, cut shapes from the cake. (You should get 10-12 cakes.)

 Naughty or nice stocking cakes

Hollow the centers of each stocking cake with a fruit corer or knife.

 Naughty or nice stocking cakes


Fill stockings and frost tops

Fill the stockings with either mini M&M's or black licorice. (You could also use other "naughty" and "nice" foods, as desired. Maybe whipped cream and sour cream? Get creative!)

 Naughty or nice stocking cakes

Pipe white frosting around the tops of the stocking cakes to hide the treats inside. Keep covered in an airtight container until ready to serve.

 Naughty or nice stocking cakes


Were you naughty or nice?

Arrange the stockings on a plate and serve them to your holiday guests asking, "Were you naughty or nice this year?" They’ll find out when they break them open!

 Naughty or nice stocking cakes

More holiday food crafts

Snowman Jell-O shot pops
Olaf the Snowman snacks
Wiener dog Santa cookies

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