Icing the Christmas Cake
Asked on 28 Nov 2018 by AOD
When I made the royal icing recipe, it looked nice and glossy, spread on the cake very well. Left it to dry and then later when cutting the icing looked very dry underneath the top crust and fell off the marzipan.
I let the marzipan dry out for a few days before icing, and didn't cut the cake for 5 days - cake stored in cupboard uncovered to dry icing out for 24 hrs and then in a cake tin. Your help would be much appreciated before I do it again this year!!
If you’re doing royal icing it is important to cover the cake with marzipan at least a week before and leave it to dry out before you ice it.
Royal icing gets harder the longer you leave it. The glycerin will reduce the hardening.
Fondant (ready roll) icing is much easier.