Christmas Cake Adorning | Daring Baking Fundamentals
Hello Daring Bakers!
A giant a part of Christmas custom in Eire is to embellish a Christmas cake.
I'm gonna present you how one can take my fruitcake and remodel it right into a Christmas centerpiece.
What you want for this video is my auntie Rosaleen's fruitcake, my selfmade marzipan,
how you can make royal icing, and my marshmallow fondant.
Now as all the time all of those recipes may be discovered on BiggerBolderBaking.com.
Okay, let's begin out with our fondant.
So right here I’ve my marshmallow fondant, tremendous straightforward to make, all you want is a bag of marshmallows
and powdered sugar.
Now I'm gonna roll this out to round ?” thick.
That is gonna be the decorations for the highest of our cake.
It’s essential to roll fondant on powdered sugar as a result of it makes it a lot simpler to
Okay good, that is the thickness that I need.
So right here I’ve some star cutters I've received all of them totally different sizes, and I'm simply gonna
lower out a number of stars, to placed on high of my cake.
I love to do them totally different sizes so that you kinda get a 3D impact.
You're gonna see what I'm doing in a minute, it’s all gonna make sense.
Okay so I’ve sufficient stars to embellish the highest of my cake, any leftover little bit of fondant
you may roll again up wrap it in cling wrap, and use it one other time.
So now what I'm gonna do is bedazzle these stars so right here I’ve a little bit little bit of water
and a brush I take advantage of this brush within the kitchen for pastry and issues like that.
And I'm simply going to dampen one of many stars all around the high.
That is going to stay our ornament to it.
So right here I’ve one thing actually stunning that is edible gold.
You will get this on-line no I'm gonna put a hyperlink on my web site it’s not that costly
and it’s simply actually stunning.
And what we’re gonna do is simply cowl our star with the gold.
Be sure you cowl all of the floor so it actually stands out.
After which simply proceed doing this with as many stars as you wish to placed on the highest of
So a little bit little bit of water, and a little bit little bit of gold.
As soon as the water dries the gold will stick on there and so they'll be good to go.
So these are our stars they're beautiful and twinkly now what I love to do is depart them
out at room temperature to dry a little bit bit for at least 5 hours however ideally in a single day
and it'll simply make them a lot simpler to stack afterward.
So let’s get into the adorning of the particular cake right here I’ve my auntie Rosaleen's
Christmas cake this recipe is on my web site and it’s a big fan favourite my auntie has
been making this for years and it got here straight from Eire so that it’s good.
So right here I’ve some apricot jam that's been heated up that is actually essential as a result of
what we’re going to do is brush the cake throughout with this apricot jam and that is
what the marzipan layer goes to stay to.
Now we use apricot as a result of it doesn't actually have a shade and it’s very delicate in taste
so that you don't have to make use of it, nevertheless it’s greatest that you just use one thing that’s related doesn't
have a complete lot of shade and the flavour doesn't overpower the cake.
So simply brush this throughout.
So a enjoyable reality in Eire you truly make your Christmas cake in round October possibly
even September since you need them to sit down let all of the flavors marinate and the cake
will simply get even higher.
And don't fear, it is not going to go dangerous it’s loaded with fruit, little little bit of sugar, and
it stays completely preserved.
So there's the highest and the edges that is beautiful now I'm gonna set this over to 1 facet and
we’re gonna roll out our marzipan.
So that you wish to roll this out across the identical thickness because the fondant ?” to ?”. So
to maneuver my marzipan you may both roll it over your rolling pin what I love to do is
use a plastic chopping board and simply get it proper beneath there.
Then I can carry it up and gently slide it on the highest of my cake.
So as soon as your marzipan is on there use your arms to mould it into the form of the cake
pushing all of it the way in which round and on the highest.
May wish to take a little bit knife and lower away any extra.
We simply wish to convey the marzipan all the way in which to the underside of the cake.
So no longer solely is it custom so as to add marzipan to a cake, nevertheless it additionally retains your cake actually
moist for the time you’ve it over the vacations.
Okay beautiful, in case you have any little cracks or something like that simply push them collectively
cowl them up, and if there's any little holes you may simply shove in a little bit piece of extra
However don't fear if you happen to assume your cake doesn't look good as a result of we’re gonna be masking
all of this in royal icing.
So the following factor we have to beautify our cake is royal icing, now that is on my web site
that is for adorning desserts and never for adorning cookies as a result of that one’s loads thinner
and we would like this good and thick so we are able to plaster it onto our cake.
So what I like about that is that it’s actually rustic simply plop it onto your cake smear it
round together with your spatula, and what we’re type of gonna find yourself with is one thing that’s
gonna dry and appear like snow.
So that you shouldn’t have to get this clean it may be tough and prepared.
So I've received my cake on a cake stand and I'm simply transferring it round as I'm frosting however
if you happen to don't have one don't fear about it, these do nonetheless make your life simpler so
you may wish to put it in your Christmas record.
So if you happen to're questioning when is an effective time to embellish your Christmas desserts do it the
week earlier than Christmas then you’ve them out of the way in which, they're able to go and so they're
nonetheless going to look stunning all through the vacations.
So that is trying good I smoothed out the edges a little bit bit and left the highest a little bit
bit extra rustic, as a result of subsequent we’re gonna placed on our stars.
So right here I’ve my stars Thayer good and dried out and what I'm going to do is just about
simply type of stack them on high of the cake leaning up in opposition to one another so that you variety
of have a pyramid of stars.
They usually're going to dry within the royal icing so that can maintain them up additionally.
You wish to just be sure you lean them in opposition to one another in order that they maintain up.
Additionally when the icing dries it’ll maintain them in place.
So I've admitted a number of occasions on Larger Bolder Baking that I'm not the world’s greatest
cake decorator however I’ve to say this appears actually festive and it was tremendous straightforward to do.
Now what I'm gonna do is simply set it over to the facet and at room temperature let the
So there you’ve it a wonderful cake that is able to rock and roll this vacation season.
For all of the recipes on this video and for my vacation baking headquarters head over to
my web site and I’ll see you again right here actually quickly for extra Larger Bolder Baking.