Star sparkle cake

Star sparkle cake

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Prep: 30 mins


Cuts into 12 slices
A super-simple yet effective Christmas cake decoration, especially if you want a modern looking cake

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    To cover the cake

    • 20cm fruitcake, see 'Goes well with'
    • 5 tbsp apricot jam (optional)
    • 750g golden marzipan
    • 750g white ready-to-roll icing

    To decorate

    • three 5-pointed star cutters - small, medium and large
    • 30g pack small gold balls
    • approx 65cm length of wide ribbon


    1. Lift the cake onto the cake board or a plate and cover with jam, marzipan and – brushing with water around the sides of the cake only – ready-to-roll icing. Trim at the base.

    2. Press star cutters gently into the icing, stopping when you get to the marzipan. Pull the star shapes out with the cutter, or ease it out with the tip of a knife. Stamp out a couple of small stars from re-rolled trimmings of icing (from icing the cake) and sit them inside the large star-shaped spaces.

    3. Sprinkle the gold balls into the gaps and tie the ribbon around the cake. Can be decorated up to a week ahead.

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    22nd Dec, 2012
    I used silver sprinkles and used a small (clean) paintbrush to paint a little boiled jam on to the exposed marzipan in the hope the sprinkles will stay put. can't wait to cut it and find out!
    25th Jun, 2012
    I used this decoration on my Christmas cake last year. It looks really effective, but unfortunately, when you cut the cake, the balls do go everywhere. Would probably be better with a silver sprinkle if you can get them.
    21st Dec, 2011
    I find it easier to cut out the star shapes from the rolled out white icing before I put it on the marzipan. This year I combined this decoration with the star stacked cake using the large cut out stars. It looks fab.
    18th Dec, 2011
    I have used this decoration idea a few years now just with minor adjustments with the colour of the balls. Always impressive and simple.
    25th Nov, 2010
    can i put the marzipan and icing on the cake now for christmas or should i wait as i dont want it to go off
    13th Nov, 2010
    I love this decoration as it's so simple and looks lovely. Balls don't fall out as they stick to the marzipan. I've done it with gold and silver on different occasions and with thin gold candles it's even better. Great for those who are no good with fiddly decorations or those needing a steady hand. Christmas is about so many other luscious food that something so quick and effective is very handy.
    26th Nov, 2009
    Just finished making this cake, it looks very classy, i used a red ribbon, with stars on just finished the cake off, really pleased with it, it was very easy and quick to do, thanks.
    22nd Dec, 2008
    I think this looks great - and very simple. But I am curious as to what happens when you cut the cake - do all of the balls fall out all over the table?
    16th Dec, 2008
    Done this decoration for my Christmas cake this year it looks really nice although I could not get gold balls any where so I used silver but looks just as good.
    3rd Dec, 2008
    Gold or silver balls can be bought from most supermarkets in the baking aisle - and they are edible.


    6th Dec, 2017
    how do you stamp out the stars without taking the marzipan out too?
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    10th Dec, 2017
    Thanks for your question. You press star cutters gently into the icing, stopping when you get to the marzipan. Go carefully and it should work out nicely. Good luck!
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