Silver Angel Icing
Delia's Silver Angel Icing will add a stunning finish to any of her Christmas cake recipes
Tops a 20cm round cake
|1 heaped tablespoon apricot jam|
|1 tablespoon brandy or Armagnac|
|200g ready-made marzipan (or homemade, see recipe below)|
|icing sugar, to dust|
|250g white fondant icing (see recipe below)|
|a little beaten egg white|
|silver balls, to decorate|
|Oven temperatures and Conversions|
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|Equipment: You will need a 10cm angel cookie cutter|
This recipe is from Delia's Cakes
First melt the jam with the brandy or Armagnac in a small saucepan, stirring until all the lumps have dissolved.
Now, using a brush, coat the top of the cake quite generously with it. Then take the marzipan and roll it out on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar and cut out a 20cm circle.
Then place this over the top of the cake.
Repeat with the icing and place this over the marzipan. Next, re-roll the trimmings and, using the cutter, cut out an angel, dampen one side of it with cold water and then place this side on top of the cake.
After that, decorate the edges of the cake and the angel with silver balls, using a little beaten egg white mixed with a little icing sugar as a glue to keep them in place.
It’s also helpful to make some little indentations with the tip of a skewer first.
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