How to decorate a Christmas cake: Classic winter fruit cake

Watch as the BBC Good Food cookery team show you how to top a fruitcake with swirled, soft royal icing, fruit, and frosted grapes and holly leaves.

Points to remember

  • Brush the grapes and holly leaves with a thin coating of egg white, then sprinkle with caster sugar. Leave to dry.
  • Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl. Add egg white and whisk for about 5 mins over a pan of simmering water until thick and glossy.
  • Dollop the icing over the top of the cake and swirl it around with a palette knife.
  • Halve the clementines and figs and open out the cape gooseberries.
  • Arrange the fruits on the top and fix a festive ribbon around the cake.