Decorative stars

Decorative stars

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Cooking time

Takes 1 hr plus drying

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes about 40 stars

Leave the tinsel and bling for the Christmas tree and keep it simple with this tasteful finishing touch to your homemade cake

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
-
protein
-
carbs
-
fat
-
saturates
-
fibre
-
sugar
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salt
-

Ingredients

To cover & decorate the cake

  • 1¼kg white ready-to-roll icing
  • icing sugar, for rolling and dusting
  • blue icing colour (optional)

You will also need

  • cooled, boiled water
  • 150cm coloured ribbon, about 1cm width
  • star cutters, between 5-10cm in size
  • 5mm piping nozzle or drinking straw

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Method

  1. Once the marzipan is dry on your cake, brush it all over with water just to dampen the surface. Cut off 750g of the icing, re-wrap the rest, then dust the worktop with icing sugar. Knead the icing until pliable and smooth, then roll out and lay over the cake in the same way as you did with the marzipan (see 'Goes well with' recipe). Leave to dry completely overnight.
  2. For the stars, cut the remaining icing in half. Knead a small spot of icing colour (you can always add more later) into one half until evenly pale blue. Cut in half, then work a little more colour into one piece to make it darker.
  3. Piece by piece, roll out the white and blue icings a little thicker than a £1 coin. Stamp out about 40 stars, re-rolling any trimmings, then push the piping nozzle or straw through the middles to make holes. Lift onto a rack, then dry in a cool, dry place for 24 hrs, or longer if you can. Once dry, knot an 80cm length of ribbon loosely at one end, then thread with stars. Untie the knot, then tie the ribbon in a bow, making sure that the stars are slanting in the same direction.
  4. Once the cake is dry, pick up the wreath of stars carefully, then lay it on top of the cake. Fix the remaining ribbon around the bottom of the cake using a little tape or glue.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2008

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marijas's picture
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I'm quite an accomplished cook, but I found the threading of the stars rather difficult and I in fact ended up losing quite a few along the way. I did let them dry for 24 hours, so perhaps the longer is not an option but a must. I also found it quite hard to fan them out. I love the idea, but it's not an easy one to do.

gervais's picture
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This is probably my favourite design, it was easy to do though you do need to set time aside for the drying of the icing stars, it is just a little different fron the silver and gold snow scenes

lucy_painter's picture

I decorated my cake with my take on the stars. I did it with red and gold stars it look so good I was really impressed with myself, It looked so good.

workingmum's picture
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I made this cake with gold stars (just sprayed them with gold lustre) and gold ribbon and it looked stunning. So easy to do and yet looked so professional.

valoury's picture

After having great difficulty in getting star cutters last year (everybody must have had the same idea!!) I eventually decorated my christmas cake and was really pleased with the end result.

prestj's picture

Have made this for Christmas. My first ever attempt at decorating a Christmas cake and it was really easy, but looks fab. I have had lots of great comments from my family! Just got to taste it now.

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