Way way way back at the end of September I made my Christmas cake. I thought I was well ahead of the game getting started so early, but discovered that compared with some of you I was positively tardy! There were readers who had made their cake back last January!
So every week since September it has been fed with a tablespoon of rum and it has been developing a gorgeous heady aroma.
Now as Christmas approaches it was time to finish it off.
Last week I gave it the required layer of marzipan. I brushed it all over with some gently heated marmalade, rolled out the marzipan and laid it over the top. Here is where I discovered my mistake, for a lovely flat finish I should have turned the cake upside down! Never mind, too late now, so my marzipan looks lumpy bumpy.
I left the marzipan to dry out a bit for a week, apparently this is the way to avoid it seeping into the icing and thus discolouring it.
Now I am afraid I did use ready made icing, why? I have no idea. I bought it ages ago and then regretted it when I realised how simple it is to make your own royal icing. Never mind, it is done now. Next year I will definitely make my own.
So I rolled out the icing to the thickness of a pound coin and laid it over the marzipan and smoothed it down. It is not perfect, but it is smoothish and clean looking. Very shiny and appetising.
I wrapped a ribbon around it. I won't properly decorate it until it is ready to serve (because it doesn't fit in the tin with the decorations on), but I have just rested some decorations on for now just for the purposes of a photograph, give you an idea.
I have loved making this cake, I hope it tastes as good as the effort involved warrants. It is certainly boozy!
I will definitely be doing this again each year, it was good fun and didn't cost much at all! I will, of course, let you know how it tastes.
Have any of you iced yours now?