It’s a few days after Christmas and finally time to cut into our cake. Like most of us this year I wasn’t able to celebrate with my nearest and dearest, so I created this lockdown cake to bring everyone together. Wishing I could offer you a slice of cake too… Let’s hope we’ll all be able to meet again in 2021
Traditional rich fruit cake
The cake base, as is traditional in the UK, is a rich fruit cake. I know it’s not as popular as it once was here, but luckily my family are very much fans. To give the cake height, it was baked in two halves and sandwiched together with marzipan.
The cake coverings
Marzipan then covers the cake, as demonstrated in my ‘How to marzipan a double-height fruit cake‘ blog. Followed by a 5mm layer of sugarpaste. The technique for doing this can also be found here on this blog. It’s called ‘How to cover a cake with sugarpaste and achieve sharp edges‘
Christmas cake decoration
I thoroughly enjoyed painting the abstract design behind the carol singers. I used cocoa butter and coloured food dusts. You can find my beginners guide ‘How to paint with cocoa butter‘ on this blog too. Hoping you might feel inspired to have go. It’s currently one of my favourite techniques.
The figures are all modelled from photographs using modelling paste, the song sheets are rice paper and the little dog on the top of the cake is modelling chocolate. I would have liked to make all the figures from modelling chocolate. I love working with this medium, but unfortunately, I didn’t have enough!
Happy New Year
As one year comes to an end, another begins. So all that remains is to wish you all the best for 2021…let’s hope that by next Christmas we’ll all be able to meet and celebrate together.
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