Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Working on the Christmas Cake

Gentle Friends.....last night I started the last steps towards "Christmas Cake" for Christmas....  
I got the tin out....

 ...opened up and unwrapped the cake.......

...what I needed to do was get the marzipan layer on the cake a few days before the fondant so that it can "dry" out a bit.  To make the marzipan stick to the cake I needed to brush some apricot jam that had been melted over low heat....  I had about two tablespoons of apricot jam in the fridge....

 ... thank goodness I hadn't counted on what we had, and picked up some more on the way home...  that lid was sure tough to open up....

 ...now, everywhere I read about how to do this cake stated that I needed to strain the jam to get out the bits of apricot - that didn't sit well with me, so I hauled out the immersion blender and smoothed that jam right out....

 ... I had made a double batch of marzipan over the weekend,  I'll never buy it again, so easy and so tasty!!!

.... here's the cake after being prepped with a sticky layer of apricot jam....

... the marzipan was still on the sticky side so I needed to work some more icing sugar into the paste and rolled it out....

 ... and the cake covered with the marzipan, I dusted off the excess sugar and straightened up the top and sides and it now sits on the dining room table "drying."
... I'll make the fondant tomorrow and get the whole cake decorated Christmas eve....

That's about does it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,


  1. WOW! This cake is a masterpiece!!! Can hardly wait to see the finale.

  2. Wow yummy cake
    Can't wait to see more decorations on it
    Enjoy x

  3. Beautiful, can't wait to see this finished and decorated.

  4. THE cake looks delicious, I love a good fruit cake. Except I do not care for ( hate) marzipan, so You can scrape it off my piece! I am looking forward to your decorating. Happy Holidays .

  5. Hello Edgar, I have so enjoyed your Christmas cake posts. My MIL passed away this summer unexpectedly and this is one of the many special Christmas desserts that she would make every year. We are missing her so very much but seeing you make and roll out the marzipan and add it to your cake has given me some lovely reminders of the special ways that she used to spoil us. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  6. Edgar, you are always making me hungry! lol! I loved seeing those decorations in Japan Town too. But this cake. Sigh. Good thing DH is making pecan pie for Christmas tomorrow or I'd be sorely tempted to pay you a visit. :D Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  7. This looks yummy. The marzipan is my favourite part of Christmas cake. x