Can I marzipan my Christmas cake today?

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PhilGlew

Can I marzipan my Christmas cake today?

Can I marzipan the cake today to ice in just over two weeks' time, ready for Christmas?

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Lindsey, Food Editor

Icing Christmas Cakes

Hello PhilGlew,

It’s too early to marzipan and ice your cake today.

If I do marzipan and fondant icing, I do it on the same day about a week before. I always brush the cake with sieved apricot jam first then again before I ice it.

If you are doing royal icing, the marzipan needs to dry out on the cake first. This usually takes about 3 – 4 days but many cooks leave it about a week.

Some cooks leave their marzipan to dry out before they do fondant icing but I don’t do this and have not had any problems.

Anyway I would say ideally start no more than 2 weeks before you want to eat it.

Best wishes

Lindsey

 
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