How to decorate a Christmas cake

    Unsure how to apply the finishing touches to your festive bake? We have plenty of videos and guides on how to decorate to perfection.

    Enchanted forest Christmas cake

    Before you get started…. 

    If you haven’t already made your Christmas cake, we have plenty of versions, from rich, dense fruitcake to lighter sponges:

    Our favourite Christmas cake recipes

    If you want to venture beyond the traditional fruitcake, we have lots of ideas for other classic bakes:

    A guide to classic cakes

    Vanilla marzipanIf you’re really committed and want to top your cake with a classic double layer, you could also try making your own marzipan:

    Zesty orange marzipan

    Easy vanilla marzipan


    Video guides to decorating Christmas cakes...

    How to marzipan a Christmas cake

    How to ice a round fruit cake

    Shooting star Christmas cake


    How to decorate a shooting star Christmas cake



    Stacked star cake

    How to decorate a stacked star Christmas cake



    Shimmering forest cake

    How to decorate a shimmering forest Christmas cake



    Classic winter fruit cake

    How to decorate a classic winter fruit cake




    How to make a piping bag

    How to make a piping bag

    How to pipe icing



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    30th Nov, 2015
    Re-posting this answered post from 2013! Still hoping for an answer. Please can we have a video on how to flat-ice a Christmas cake using the classic royal icing, rather than the fondant icing used here? Royal icing tastes different and in my family we love the crunchiness of the hardened outer layer. Fondant icing never hardens in the same way.
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