Snowman in the garden cake

Snowman in the garden cake

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr, 30 mins 1 hr 30 mins

A challenge

Cuts into 12 slices
Surprise the kids with something irresistible, or get them involved - either way, they'll love this magical cake.

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    To cover cake

    • 20cm fruitcake, see Goes well with
    • 23 or 25cm round, thick cake board
    • 5 tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved
    • 500g natural marzipan
      Marzipan cake



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

    • 100g white ready-to-roll icing

    To decorate

    • 100g white ready-to-roll icing
    • 1 egg white
    • 200g icing sugar
    • green food colouring
    • 6 gingerbread trees, see link below
    • small black writing icing tube (Supercook, available from tesco)
    • small orange sweet, such as a Tic-Tac or an orange hundred and thousand, for the nose
    • 30cm thin coloured ribbon
    • 1m x 1½cm ribbon for the base


    1. Cover the cake with jam, marzipan and ready-to-roll icing), taking the icing to the edge of the board.

    2. To decorate, roll out several marble-sized balls of the 100g ready-to-roll icing to make snowballs, then set aside. Roll two larger balls, one a little bigger than the other, to make the head and body of the snowman, then leave to dry for at least 30 mins.

    3. Meanwhile, ice the gingerbread trees. Beat the egg white with the icing sugar to make a smooth paste. Put about one-third of the icing into another bowl, then mix in a speck of green colouring and a few drops water so that it’s fairly runny and very pale green. Spread this over three of the gingerbread trees and leave to dry. Spoon another third of the icing into a piping bag fitted with a fine writing nozzle. Pipe rough fir-tree-like branches over the remaining trees. Once the green iced trees have dried to the touch, pipe branches over those, too.

    4. When the icing has set, fix the trees onto the cake and around the edge using spots of the remaining thick royal icing. Put the smaller snowballs around and on top of the cake. Pipe eyes and a mouth onto the head of the snowman and insert the nose. Fix the snowman’s head on with a spot more icing, position him on the cake, then carefully tie a ribbon scarf with the shorter length of ribbon. This is easiest if you start with too much ribbon, tie it, then trim with scissors. To finish, attach ribbon around the base and secure woth a double-sided tape.

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    Frantic Flapjack
    30th Nov, 2009
    Made the hot toddy fruit cake and iced my cake similar to this one but with my own extra bits. Very pleased with the end result.
    12th Jan, 2009
    Used this to ice my first ever home made Christmas Cake. Put the gingerbread trees on for my daughter to eat, she hates fruit cake. Great success, looked just like the picture!
    3rd Jul, 2008
    This recipe has that real WOW factor! So adorable the little snowman.
    21st Dec, 2007
    wow its yum!!
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