This recipe forms the third and final recipe of a three-part series that we are doing in the build-up to Christmas.

Icing the cake was always my favourite part of the Christmas cake experience. I would sit at the table watching my mother effortlessly cover the cake in smooth layers of marzipan and royal icing. I would be on my best behaviour, hoping to be given some of the extra icing as a treat.

Once you have the smooth icing as a base, feel free to add whatever decorations you wish.

Christmas Cake – Part 3: Icing the cake

Makes: One 20cm cake / Prep Time: 20 mins to 1 hour

Ingredients

  • Your cake from step 2
  • 5-6 tbsp apricot glaze or sieved apricot jam
  • 750g marzipan
  • 1kg of packet white royal icing/fondant
  • Water or clear alcohol for brushing over marzipan
  • Decorations

Method

Trim the top of the cake, if necessary, to level it. Turn the cake upside down and place it on the cake drum or plate. Use a palette knife to spread the apricot glaze or jam over the top and sides of the cake.
Knead the marzipan to soften it and roll it out on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar, so that it’s large enough to cover the top of the cake. Roll the marzipan onto the rolling pin and then roll it over the cake, starting at the back. Press the marzipan down on the top first, and then on the sides, easing in the fullness at the corners if covering a square cake.
Trim the excess marzipan from around the base of the cake.
Rub the surface of the marzipan smooth, using the icing smoother and/or side scraper.
Knead the icing and then roll it out on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar, so it’s large enough to cover the top and sides of the cake.
Brush water or clear alcohol all over the surface of the marzipan.
Roll the icing onto the rolling pin and roll it over the cake, starting at the back. Press the icing down on the top first and then on the sides.
Trim the excess and polish smooth, using the icing smoother and/or side scraper. If there are any air bubbles, then pierce them with a pin and rub the surface smooth.
Add ribbons and decorations as you would like.

Download the recipe here

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