We provide step by step instructions accompanied by pictures which explain the process in detail. Give it a try, the family will love it.
750g / 1lb 11oz Royal Icing SugarPREPARATION TIME: 90 minutes
It's ideal if you ice your cake when the marzipan has had about two weeks to fully harden. Having advised that, we have marzipaned and iced a cake on the same day. I know because I'm looking at two cakes right now!
This page takes you through icing a Christmas Cake using the traditional method. Click on a line below to go to any of the other pages in this series about Christmas Cakes.
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 a spoon.
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.
Mixing cake icing
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.STEP 3
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 strokes.
Traditional icing on a cake
Decorate the cake with the help of your kids - they love it!