Christmas wreath cake

Christmas wreath cake

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A challenge

Cuts into 12 slices
Turn one fruitcake into two with these festive ideas - this one is a decorative holly ring with fondant icing (find the second recipe in 'goes well with')

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  • 1 20cm-wide Christmas cake (see 'goes well with')
  • 200g icing sugar, mixed with enough water to make a smooth runny icing, plus a little extra for rolling
  • 4 tbsp apricot jam
  • 500g pack marzipan
    Marzipan cake



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

  • 750g royal icing sugar
  • green food colouring
  • 750g ready-to-roll white fondant icing

You will also need

  • 8cm round cookie cutter (optional)
  • 20cm round cake board or cake stand
  • various-sized holly cutters
  • red ribbon


  1. Make sure the cake has completely cooled, remove from its tin and peel off the baking parchment. Use an 8cm round cookie cutter to cut a hole through the middle of the cake, pushing down as far as you can, then cut all the way down using a small sharp knife. Carefully remove the centre by lifting the cake and pushing the smaller cake up through the middle (you may need to get someone to help you with this). Keep the smaller cake to decorate and give as a gift (see 'goes well with').

  2. Spread a little runny icing around the edges of a cake board or stand and invert the large cake on top.

  3. On a clean surface dusted with icing sugar, roll out 100g marzipan into a long rectangular strip, about 8 x 20cm. Trim the edges, then use this piece to line the central hole of the cake. Trim away any excess. Roll out the remaining marzipan to a circle large enough to cover the cake – use a piece of kitchen string to help you check. Melt the apricot jam in a small pan with 1 tbsp water, then sieve and brush a little all over your cake. Use the marzipan to cover the cake, then trim any excess from the bottom and the centre.

  4. In a large bowl, mix the royal icing sugar with enough water to make a thick, spreadable icing. Use the food colouring to dye it a rich leaf-green colour. Working quickly, spread the icing all over your cake – don’t worry about being too neat as most of the icing will be covered. Break the fondant icing into 2 lumps and dye different shades of green. Roll the icing out and cut out lots of holly shapes with cutters. Use a little runny icing as glue to stick the holly leaves all over the top of the cake. Put a big red bow at the top to finish the look.

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1st Dec, 2013
Each recipe refers to the other, but I can't find one for the Christmas cake itself.... or is it a case of can't see for looking?
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12th Dec, 2013
Hi there. We created the wreath cake and mini Christmas cake by using this cranberry and hazelnut cake: We hope you enjoy the recipe(s) and all the best for the festive season. BBC Good Food web team
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