First Ever Christmas Cake

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kah22

First Ever Christmas Cake

OK guys I've made my first ever Christmas cake this year and applied liberal amounts of brandy to it over the past number of weeks. But time for some decorating.

So I've a few questions. Is it best to make or buy the marzipan and icing.

From what I've read you would ice the cake about two or three days after applying the marzipan. Can I leave it any longer than that. Planing to marzipan on Friday but may not be able to apply icing to the following Friday

May thanks for your replies

Kevin

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Welshcookie

Christmas Cake

There is no comparison between the taste of home-made marzipan and bought stuff. Christmas is special so I think it deserves the best.

It is best, you are right, to leave the marzipan time to dry before you ice.

I usually do my icing while I listen to the nine carols on the radio on Chrismas Eve afternoon, then I know Christmas has begun.

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linda1

marzipan

You can marzipan your cake then leave it, even for a few weeks, before you ice it. Keep it in a cake box or tin. Do remember though that home made marzipan has raw egg in it so bear this in mind if you are giving it to young children or the elderly.

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sam from worthing

first christmas cake decoration


do have a go at delias almond icing - it is so worth the effort - the taste is far superior to shop brought.

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/party-food/accompaniment/almond-icing-marzipan.html

but there is nothing wrong with using tesco or sainsburys or co-ops ready made marzipan at all.

i would marzipan a good week before icing, and leave the cake covered in a tea towel in a cool room/cupboard/drawer, then ice and decorate to your hearts content, leave again covered under tea for 2 days, then you can put in a tin or under a glass dome, for all to see.

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Queen of Puds

xmas cake

marzipan can be straightforward to make but if you are concerned about the raw egg white then either use egg white powder which isn't raw, or didn't James Martin do a recipe like Italian meringue where it was cooked?? But I buy mine ... & it's fine too. As for icing, fondant is fiddly to make & very few people use royal icing these days. I'd buy both unless you feel confident.

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kah22

First Ever Christmas Cake

I suppose I can have the best of both worlds.

Marzipan appears simple enough to make. I'll have a go at that on Friday and see what happens. If it turns out badly so what I'll buy some ready made.

The icing I'm still thinking about. My thoughts are to buy the icing, but again I'd like to have a go.

Granted it is probably more expensive but as one of the posters said Christmas is special and I am on a learning curve

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kah22

First Ever Christmas Cake - Now The Icing

sam from worthing wrote:"
do have a go at delias almond icing - it is so worth the effort - the taste is far superior to shop brought.

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/party-food/accompaniment/almond-icing-marzipan.html

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Took your advice and went with Delia's marzipan and was surprised at how easy it was. But I must confess I think I rolled it to thin. Thanks for the encouragement.

Next Saturday the icing! I seem to have three choices Royal Icing or fondant icing, or shop bought. But since I've went this far on my own I'd like to give the shop bought stuff a miss!

So what's the pros and cons of each. Remember this is my first Christmas cake.

Kevin

ps the cake is now covered with marzipan how should I keep it: just covered with a cloth or pop it back into the tin which was its home this last month or so!

 
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