Drummer Boy Cake

6  Ratings
  • 15 min prep
  • 1 hr 25 min total
  • Makes 18 servings, 1 piece (116 g) each.

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Drummer Boy Cake Recipe


  • 3 cups Cool Whip Whipped Topping (Do not thaw.), divided
  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
  • 1 pkg. (4-serving size) chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. icing sugar, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. milk
  • 11 Nilla Vanilla Wafers
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
  • 125 pkg. (1/2 of 250-g pkg.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar (375 mL) maraschino cherries, well drained, chopped
  • 1 stick peelable red licorice
  • 2 marshmallows
  • 2 pretzel rods


  • Heat  oven to 350°F.
  • Refrigerate  1 cup Cool Whip; freeze remaining Cool Whip. Meanwhile, prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 2 (9-inch) round 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.
  • Meanwhile,  mix 2 Tbsp. sugar and milk. Brush onto tops of wafers; set aside. Spoon frozen Cool Whip into microwaveable bowl. Add chocolate. Microwave on HIGH 1-1/2 min. or until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 1 min. Let stand 15 min. to thicken.
  • Beat  cream cheese and remaining sugar in medium bowl with whisk until well blended. Add cherries and thawed Cool Whip; mix well. Stack cake layers on plate, filling with cream cheese mixture. Frost with chocolate mixture. Decorate with wafers and remaining ingredients to resemble drum and drumsticks. Keep refrigerated.

Recipe Tips

Variation Prepare using Cool Whip Light Whipped Topping, chocolate fat-free instant pudding mix and brick light cream cheese.

Size-WiseSweets can add enjoyment to the holiday season, but remember to keep tabs on portions.

SubstituteSubstitute breadsticks, Lu Crème Roulée Rolled Wafers or Oreo Sippers Wafer Cookies for the pretzel rods.


Nutrition Information

Makes 18 servings, 1 piece (116 g) each.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 400 
  • Total fat 17 g
  • Saturated fat 8 g
  • Cholesterol 45 mg
  • Sodium 330 mg
  • Carbohydrate 60 g
  • Dietary fibre 2 g
  • Sugars 41 g
  • Protein 5 g
  • Vitamin A 4 %DV
  • Vitamin C 0 %DV
  • Calcium 6 %DV
  • Iron 10 %DV