Simple snowflake cake

Prep: 30 mins

Easy

Covers a 20cm round christmas cake
A simple, but sophisticated decoration for a homemade or bought cake - it'll only take half an hour

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per slice (for 16)

  • kcal593
  • fat21g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs95g
  • sugars84g
  • fibre0g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.4g
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Ingredients

  • 1 x 20cm round Christmas cake, homemade (see 'Goes well with' recipe) or bought
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
    Honey

    Honey

    huh-nee

    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • 300g marzipan
    Marzipan cake

    Marzipan

    mah-zuh-pan

    One of mankind’s oldest sources of sweet pleasure, marzipan needs to contain only ground…

  • 2 egg white
  • about 500g sifted icing sugar
  • 1 tsp glycerine
  • silver dragees
  • approx 65cm wide silver ribbon (available from cake decorating suppliers or stationers)
  • approx 65cm clear snowflake ribbon (available from Paperchase)

Method

  1. Brush the top of the Christmas cake with honey. Roll out the marzipan, then trim to fit the top of the cake, using the cake itself or the cake tin as a template. Lay the marzipan on top of the cake, then press down lightly.

  2. Lightly beat the egg whites with a fork, just to break them up, then gradually beat in the sifted icing sugar until you have an icing that forms soft peaks. Beat in the glycerine to stop the icing from getting too hard. Spread and thickly swirl the icing over the marzipan, then scatter with silver dragees. Decorate by wrapping round a silver ribbon and then the clear snowflake ribbon.

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