Star sparkle cake

Prep: 30 mins


Cuts into 12 slices
A super-simple yet effective Christmas cake decoration, especially if you want a modern looking cake

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal-
  • fat-
  • saturates-
  • carbs-
  • sugars-
  • fibre-
  • protein-
  • salt-
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.


    To cover the cake

    • 20cm fruitcake, see 'Goes well with'
    • 5 tbsp apricot jam (optional)
    • 750g golden marzipan
    • 750g white ready-to-roll icing

    To decorate

    • three 5-pointed star cutters - small, medium and large
    • 30g pack small gold balls
    • approx 65cm length of wide ribbon


    1. Lift the cake onto the cake board or a plate and cover with jam, marzipan and – brushing with water around the sides of the cake only – ready-to-roll icing. Trim at the base.

    2. Press star cutters gently into the icing, stopping when you get to the marzipan. Pull the star shapes out with the cutter, or ease it out with the tip of a knife. Stamp out a couple of small stars from re-rolled trimmings of icing (from icing the cake) and sit them inside the large star-shaped spaces.

    3. Sprinkle the gold balls into the gaps and tie the ribbon around the cake. Can be decorated up to a week ahead.

    Ads by Google

    Comments, questions and tips

    Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

    Comments (15)

    terrytete's picture

    I used silver sprinkles and used a small (clean) paintbrush to paint a little boiled jam on to the exposed marzipan in the hope the sprinkles will stay put. can't wait to cut it and find out!

    574ejones's picture

    I used this decoration on my Christmas cake last year. It looks really effective, but unfortunately, when you cut the cake, the balls do go everywhere. Would probably be better with a silver sprinkle if you can get them.

    stripy-cat's picture

    I find it easier to cut out the star shapes from the rolled out white icing before I put it on the marzipan. This year I combined this decoration with the star stacked cake using the large cut out stars. It looks fab.

    gervais's picture

    I have used this decoration idea a few years now just with minor adjustments with the colour of the balls. Always impressive and simple.

    tarrow69's picture

    can i put the marzipan and icing on the cake now for christmas or should i wait as i dont want it to go off

    csenior's picture

    I love this decoration as it's so simple and looks lovely. Balls don't fall out as they stick to the marzipan. I've done it with gold and silver on different occasions and with thin gold candles it's even better. Great for those who are no good with fiddly decorations or those needing a steady hand. Christmas is about so many other luscious food that something so quick and effective is very handy.

    cookie09's picture

    Just finished making this cake, it looks very classy, i used a red ribbon, with stars on just finished the cake off, really pleased with it, it was very easy and quick to do, thanks.

    fiat154's picture

    I think this looks great - and very simple.
    But I am curious as to what happens when you cut the cake - do all of the balls fall out all over the table?

    sandien's picture

    Done this decoration for my Christmas cake this year it looks
    really nice although I could not get gold balls any where so I
    used silver but looks just as good.

    tartymuffin's picture

    Gold or silver balls can be bought from most supermarkets in the baking aisle - and they are edible.

    ma75gh's picture

    thanks alot dear ser
    what is gold balls? can eat gold balls? can we bake or bye gold balls?

    kontessa's picture

    i really admired the simple and easy decorations of this cake

    bethyboo92's picture

    very good idea, may have to try an idea similar with a christmas cake me and my Nan baked a week or so ago (taste gets better with time)

    91er13's picture

    Looks amazing!!!

    vrog's picture

    Don't just stick with stars! A pony shape cut out, or a character template printed off from CBeebies (print and colour) filled with hundreds and thousands or 'sprinkles' makes a childs birthday cake.

    Questions (0)

    Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved…

    Be the first to ask a question about this recipe…

    Tips (0)

    Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.

    Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe…