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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Christmas Cake finished . . .

Remember the Christmas Cake that I baked a few weeks back? (See recipe HERE.) No recipe here today, just my decorated and finished Christmas Cake. Whew! I thought I was never ever going to get around to doing it.

Oh, I had big plans . . . fancy cutouts, cutsie little shaped people, a manger, some angels and maybe some sheep. Todd wanted me to just leave it plain . . .

I'm not a plain kind of gal . . . in the end, however, I settled for simple. Mostly because I ran out of that thing none of us has in abundance at this time of year . . . time.

First, I filled in any holes left on the top of the cake from bits of fruit etc. with some spare golden marzipan. I then brushed the cake all over with some heated apricot jam, which I had strained through a strainer. Once it felt tacky, I applied a layer of golden marzipan all over, which I had rolled out flat to fit. A round circle for the top, and a length of marzipan the height of the cake and as long again as it's circumferance to place around the sides..

Ideally this should have sat for several days to dry, but I ran out of time . . . being the procrastinator that I am and all that.

I then coated it with a fluffy fondant icing and sprinkled the top with some blue and white snowflake candy decorations I had and some of these beautifully large silver dragees that I got at Marks and Spencers.

I finished it off with a dusting of edible glitter and a pretty blue bow.

I think it will do . . . how about you?

Next year I'm going to start it a lot earlier. That's a promise. But don't hold me to it, ok?


Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow perfect christmas cake

Merry Christmas

Love Rebecca

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Looks delicious.......I start my baking tomorrow :-) a bit late but.....Love the blue bows

Michelle said...

The mini snowflakes are so pretty and Christmasy!

Wonderful looking cake and I'm sure it's delicious!

louise said...

I think it looks Fab! Very festive. Merry Christmas to you both Louise xx

myletterstoemily said...

lovely and love the ribbon!

Julie said...

WOW!!! Just so gorgeous, Marie! Wish I could have a big slice! Love the idea of the apricot jam on underneath all that lovely fondant and frosting--delicious!

As I've said before, everything you do is magic--and this beautiful Christmas cake certainly proves it! Much Christmas love to you, dear friend!

Leonora said...

A very pretty masterpiece! Merry Christmas!

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Angie said...

Lovely cake Marie and if you're decorating with fondant it doesn't matter much if you don't leave the marzipan to dry out, though for royal icing it is important to do this.

Save us a bit willl you?

love, Angie, xx

Chele said...

Your cake looks great! Love those snow flake sprinkles.

I do have declared that I will be starting my christmas prep earlier next year - Hubby says that he wants to go to NYC instead ... wonder who's going to win out?!?!?!

Lucie said...

Stunning cake Marie! Enjoy every mouthful! I would like to thank you for taking the time to leave so many kind and supportive messages on my blog. You are obviously a very generous and special lady. Thank you and wishing you a happy Christmas. Lucie xx