Rocky robin cake

Rocky robin cake

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr, 10 mins

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Cuts into 10 slices
Get creative with your Christmas cake icing - these robins are super cute and really easy to model

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal1381
  • fat42g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs251g
  • sugars233g
  • fibre7g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.86g
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  • 1 x 20cm round or 18cm square Christmas cake (see 'Goes well with', below)
  • 4 tbsp raspberry or apricot jam, warmed and sieved



    A member of the rose family, raspberries have a wonderfully intense, sweet taste, and many…

  • icing sugar, for dusting
  • 500g pack marzipan
    Marzipan cake



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

  • 1.3kg ready-to-roll white icing
  • brown, green and red food colouring
  • 9 whole cloves



    The dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…

  • black writing icing


  1. Sit the cake on a large board or flat serving plate. Brush a little of the jam over the cake. Dust a clean surface with a little icing sugar, then roll out the marzipan until big enough to cover the cake (use string to help you measure). Carefully lift the marzipan onto the cake, pat down to cover smoothly and trim any excess off the bottom. Brush all over again with more jam.

  2. Knead 1kg white icing until smooth, then roll out on an icing sugar-dusted surface until a little bigger than the marzipan size. Carefully lift onto the cake, partially pat down the sides to smooth and stick, allow the rest to stick in folds, or tease into shape with your fingers (step A). Trim any ragged edges.

  3. For the robins, roll 3 walnut-size balls from some of the remaining white icing. Halve the icing that is left. Knead brown colouring into 1 half to give a rich colour, wrap well – this will be the branch. Divide the other half into 3 pieces, and colour 1 red, 1 pale brown and 1 green.

  4. Re-dust the work surface, pinch off 3 marble-size balls of red icing and roll each into a teardrop shape for the breast. Use a cocktail stick to add texture, then stick 1 onto each robin – brush a little water onto the icing to help it stick. As you stick it, flatten the base of the ball slightly so that the robins stand up.

  5. Divide the pale brown icing into 3 balls and roll each into an oval shape, then pinch 1 end of each into a gentle point (step B). Stick onto the robins so that the point is the head, and trim the tail if you need to. Poke a clove into each brown tip to make a little beak. Pull the round bit off the end of 6 cloves to leave spiky ends, and poke into robins to make feet. Use black writing icing to add eyes (step C).

  6. Roll most of the dark brown icing into a long branch and attach to the cake with a little more water or jam. Roll smaller branches from the remaining dark brown icing. Pinch leaves from the green icing and attach. Add the robins and enjoy.

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14th Dec, 2010
You can mix brown by combinig blue and red to make a dark purple then gradually add yellow, yes it does become sticky but will firm up again if left for a while.
9th Dec, 2010
I've just made two of these for Christmas - they look fantastic and were very easy to make. I bought the brown food colouring from Squires online
7th Dec, 2010
JANEMF, I couldn't find brown food colouring either, so I kneaded some cocoa powder into the white icing instead. Looks just as good!
5th Dec, 2010
This looks lovely. Might take my cake to France and try this with my two grandchildren for chrisrmas. Thank you
5th Dec, 2010
Would like to make the Rocky Robin Christmas cake, but having problems getting hold of brown food coloring, any one help? live in the Kendal area Cumbria
28th Nov, 2010
what do u call the cream which is in white colour?
26th Nov, 2010
"food colouring" is very misleading - if you use the liquid food colouring you'll be in trouble! the sugarpaste (icing) will just go all gooey, very sticky and impossible to work with. I think they probably mean sugarpaste colouring which is available at specialist shops.
24th Nov, 2010
These look very tricky!
16th Nov, 2010
Looks so beautiful !


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