No Bake Snowball Cake

A dessert that sounds strange but is light, fruity and delicious! This no bake snowball cake with angel food cake and coconut is festive for any season.

Have you ever looked through an old church cookbook? Some of the recipes are just…umm…strange.

Grandma knew how to bake, but many times her old recipes are much different than how we like to bake today (like mayonnaise in cake?).

This No Bake Snowball Cake is one of those recipes. It sounds strange but stick with me and we’ll break this down together.

angel food snowball cake with cherries on top, one slice missing

What is a snowball cake?

This no bake snowball cake is not to be confused with hostess Sno Balls. Although those little snack cakes are delicious, this is a little bit different.

It is called a snowball cake because it is put together in a mixing bowl. It sets up in the bowl so that when you turn it out, it looks like a round snowball. Cover it with whipped topping and coconut and you’ve got yourself a treat!

Although this cake is often served in the wintertime since it looks like, well…a snowball, it is great for summer too since it is no bake.

coconut no bake cake with cherries on a cake plate

How to Make a Snowball Cake

In order to get the traditional look of a “snowball”, you’ll need to use a 4 quart mixing bowl to build this cake. Get a bowl like this here. We have several of these bowls in all sizes and they are great for many things!

  • Line the 4 quart round mixing bowl with parchment paper. This helps you to be able to remove the cake easily for that pretty dome shape.
  • Break or cut the cake up into small bite size pieces. Set aside. You can use a store-bought cake to keep it quick or make a homemade angel food cake.
  • Drain the crushed pineapple but reserve the syrup. You want 1 cup of syrup so if there is not enough, add enough water to make 1 cup.
  • In a mixing bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the cold water mixture.
  • Add the lemon juice, pineapple syrup, sugar and boiling water. Mix well. Place the mixture into the refrigerator to thicken slightly. You don’t want it to get too firm. Just thicken slightly.
  • After the mixture has thickened slightly, add the crushed pineapple and 4 cups of whipped topping. **You can also add chopped pecans or walnuts at this point if you’d like.**
  • Fold together until combined. Try not to just eat this with a spoon. It’s delicious!
  • Place a layer of cake cubes in the prepared bowl. Then layer with pineapple mixture. Continue layering cake and pineapple mixture until it is all used up.
  • Refrigerate overnight or for at least 12 hours.
  • The next day, right before serving, turn the cake out onto a cake plate. Remove the parchment paper.
  • Frost with remaining whipped topping and sprinkle with coconut.
  • Garnish with stemmed maraschino cherries on top.
A piece of cake on a plate

How can I make this cake lighter?

You can easily make this recipe lighter by using fat free cool whip. You can also omit the gelatin, lemon juice and sugar and use a large package of lemon jello (try sugar free!). If you choose this, you’ll still use the 1 cup of boiling water and pineapple juice with the Jello powder.

Can I make this cake in a 9×13 pan?

Yes! You can put this cake together in a 9×13 cake pan (or even an 8×11 pan with tall sides). Simply layer the ingredients together and refrigerate. Then slice and serve.

Can I make this cake in advance?

Yes! We suggest making this at least a day in advance. It’s best to leave it in the bowl and turn it out onto a cake plate right before serving. This way the cake won’t fall.

A piece of cake and ice cream on a plate, with Coconut and whipped cream

Other Angel Food Cake Recipes

overhead shot of No Bake Snowball Cake
overhead shot of No Bake Snowball Cake

No Bake Snowball Cake

3.40 from 5 votes
A no bake dessert that sounds strange but is light, fruity and delicious! This snowball cake with angel food cake is festive for any season.
Servings 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 12 hours

Ingredients
 

For the cake:

  • 1 10” angel food cake (homemade or store bought)
  • 4 cups whipped topping
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple in heavy syrup (1 can)
  • 2 packages unflavored gelatin (.25 ounces each)
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water

For topping:

  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 10 ounces flaked coconut
  • Stemmed maraschino cherries

Instructions
 

  • Line a 4 quart round mixing bowl with parchment paper.
  • Break or cut the cake up into small bite size pieces. Set aside.
  • Drain the crushed pineapple but reserve the syrup. You want 1 cup of syrup so if there is not enough, add enough water to make 1 cup.
  • Dissolve the gelatin in the cold water.
  • Add the lemon juice, pineapple syrup, sugar and boiling water. Mix well. Place the mixture into the refrigerator to thicken slightly.
  • After the mixture has thickened slightly, add the crushed pineapple and 4 cups of whipped topping. Fold together until combined.
  • Place a layer of cake cubes in the prepared bowl. Then layer with pineapple mixture. Continue layering cake and pineapple mixture until it is all used.
  • Refrigerate overnight or for at least 12 hours.
  • The next day, turn the cake out onto a cake plate. Remove the parchment paper.
  • Frost with remaining whipped topping and sprinkle with coconut.
  • Garnish with stemmed maraschino cherries on top.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 12 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 406
Keyword angel food cake, christmas cake, no bake cake
A no bake dessert that sounds strange but is light, fruity and delicious! This snowball cake with angel food cake is festive for any season.

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I make this all the time I also cut up a small jar of drained maraschino cherries and add to the cake ,,, it is delicious 😋

I wonna try and make this, but my mother in law is highly allergic to lemon. Can i make this without the lemon juice ?

I have been looking for this recipe for YEARS…My mother made what she called an “icebox cake” it is very similar except she used macaroon cookies crumbled instead of pound cake, her fruit was pineapple, cut up apricots, a can of tart cherries (all drained), an pecans with real whipped cream…without the coconut on top since she used the macaroon cookies. Sooo excited to make this…thank you.

Is the coconut supposed to be plain or sweet?