Southern Living's big white cake looks flawless on our December 2017 cover. The Snowy Vanilla Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream is delicately piped with frosting petals and topped with edible ornament cake balls. But, the big white cake takes a lot more than just spending an afternoon in the kitchen. This piece of art is planned by numerous recipe testers, food stylists, and photographers months in advance. Go behind the scenes of our big white cake with Test Kitchen Professional Ivy Odom as she shows us how the ornament cake balls come together. The intricate decorating of the cake balls is done laboriously by hand, as Ivy demonstrates. She also shares some of the personal tips she's discovered as one of the testers on the cake – tips that'll come in handy if you hope to recreate this holiday centerpiece for your own Christmas centerpiece. You'll want to turn up the sound for this look behind the scenes in our test kitchen.

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