Icing a Christmas cake in the traditional manner is
great fun and this page shows you how to ice your cake with minimum of
fuss but to the maximum effect.
We provide step by step instructions accompanied by
pictures which explain the process in detail. Give it a try, the family
will love it.
25cm (10 in) cake
four pages in this series which explain
how to bake, marzipan and ice your cake with Ready to Roll icing. Click on a line below to go to any of the other
To Make and Bake a Christmas Cake
How To Marzipan a Christmas Cake
How To Ice Your Christmas Cake with Ready-To-Roll
How To Ice Your Christmas Cake The Traditional
That Your Children Can Cook
When To Ice Your Cake?
The best time to ice a Christmas Cake which has marzipan on it is
about two weeks after the marzipan has been applied. This will give the
marzipan time to set hard providing a good base for the icing
Having said that, we have 'marzipaned' and iced a
cake on the same day with no visible ill effects. I know because I'm looking at two cakes right now!
The ingredients below will make enough to ice a 25cm (10 inch)
|Royal Icing Sugar
1 lb 11 oz
|Water as per the packet instructions
Palette knife - not absolutely essential but it helps a lot.
||Read the instructions on the Royal Icing packet
carefully and measure out accurately the required amount of water.
Add the Royal icing and the water to a bowl and blend together with
We did try it with our food blender but it started to
heat up quite dramatically under the effort! We would recommend hand
blending even if it is a bit tiresome.
||Spoon out the mixed icing onto the top of the cake
and gently spread spread it over the surface.
A palette knife is the best tool for this job.
||Using the palette knife spread the icing evenly over
the top and sides of the cake. It will help a lot when smoothing out
the sides if you place the cake on some sort of stand (an upturned
bowl will do). You will be able to get to the bottom of the sides
much more easily.
The 'wave' effect on the surface comes from
drawing the palette knife over the surface in short upward-ending
Decorate the cake with the help of your kids -
they love it!
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