Friday, 3 December 2010

Decorating my Christmas cake - 2010

Monday was the last day of my cake decorating course (boo) and we finished by decorating a Christmas cake. I opted to buy a ready-made undecorated Christmas cake from M&S and to concentrate on the decorating, at least ensuring that the cake was edible!

My design was very simple and comprised a dark blue sky with a snowy landscape, Christmas trees and a few sparkling stars. I had planned to add some snowflakes but once the rest was put together there wasn't space for them.

A few days before the Monday session I covered a round cake board with white fondant icing and put a blue ribbon around the edge. This was done in advance to let the fondant harden so that it was less likely to mark when putting the cake onto the board.

During the session I covered the cake with marzipan fixed on with apricot glaze then added the blue fondant cover. I rolled the icing out to perfection but while I was covering the marzipan with a coating of vodka (to help the fondant stick) the blue fondant stuck to the table and from then on it was less than perfect. As always the room we do the course in was far too hot and the icing kept sticking and then it cracked when I put it on the cake. The marzipan and blue fondant were put onto the cake on a spare cake board and then the cake was transferred (with care) to the covered board. This helped prevent the covered cake board becoming messy/damaged with apricot glaze or while trimming the marzipan or blue fondant.

Thankfully my design included a layer of white fondant icing as a snowy landscape so I was able to cover the worst cracks in the the blue fondant. The tutor had a fabric patterned rolling pin which added some nice texture to the snowy landscape.

I cut white Christmas trees out (thanks to my daughter for letting me borrow her Playdoh cutter for the small trees!) and decorated them with a scroll type embosser. I placed one large tree onto the snowy landscape and padded the very top out by cutting out another tip of the tree and placing this underneath to keep the whole tree level. I then placed small trees along the "skyline" on the top and down the sides.

I then took a few different size stars that I had made previously, brushed with sparkle powder and allowed to harden, and pressed them into the blue fondant on the top of the cake and the sides. To finish I sprinkled some edible disco glitter over the cake.

Overall I am quite pleased with the finished cake but think I need to add Merry Christmas somewhere. I may opt for "plastic" wording or may try and pipe the words in dark blue icing onto a white fondant scroll. I guess it depends on how well my piping of letters turns out ...


© 2010 Nicola Noble

6 comments:

  1. Out of all the xmas cake pictures online this is the one that caught my eye the most.I love the whole image of the cake and i especially like the icing on the board finished off with the ribbon.I going to have a go at doing this.Although i know it will not be a patch on this spectacular cake.Well done !!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments. I was very pleased with how this cake came out. Good luck with yours and have a great Christmas.

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  2. Must be cake icing day today, as I am also going to do this. As well, out of all the cakes i have looked at online-this stands out the most, it is so beautiful. Thank you for posting it. I am not going to do the blue fondant though, just the white icing on the plain fruit cake background.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments - it is nice to know I have provided inspiration for your cake. I started this year's cake today too! Have a great Christmas.

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  3. I'm just looking for inspiration for my first Christmas Cake this year and this is lovely! It's great how you say things didnt actually go to plan too with the icing sticking etc...its so refreshing to have someone be honest!!! :)

    Think I may try my own version of this, such a lovely idea!! xx

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    1. Thanks for taking time to comment and for the nice things you have said. I have gradually begun to realise that most cakes, even the most professional looking ones have flaws that have been artfully covered over - it makes me feel better when things go wrong on my own cakes :o) Good luck with your own cake and have a great Christmas

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