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How to Ice a Gluten Free Christmas Cake

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Christmas cakes are traditionally covered with marzipan and a white icing which helps to preserve the cake. You can use royal icing, vegan royal icing or shop bought fondant icing. You may wish to Feed and Store your Gluten Free Christmas Cake before adding the icing layer and a decoration such as a Frosted Fruits and Nuts, a ribbon or other novelties.

Equipment:

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rolling pin, cake smoother, palette knife, 2 x mixing bowls and electric beaters

Ingredients:

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marzipan
fondant icing
OR royal icing
OR vegan royal icing
icing sugar, for work surface
cake board, optional
apricot jam, for cake board

Method:

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Marzipan Layer

Cake Size 10cm/4″ 15cm/6″ 18cm/7″ 20cm/8″ 25cm/10″ 30cm/12″
marzipan 350g 400g 450g 500g 700g 1000g
apricot jam, smooth 1½ tbsp 2 tbsp 2½ tbsp 3 tbsp 4 tbsp 5 tbsp

Fondant Icing

Cake Size 10cm/4″ 15cm/6″ 18cm/7″ 20cm/8″ 25cm/10″ 30cm/12″
fondant icing 350g 400g 450g 500g 700g 1000g

Royal Icing

Cake Size 10cm/4″ 15cm/6″ 18cm/7″ 20cm/8″ 25cm/10″ 30cm/12″
icing sugar 100g 200g 300g 400g 600g 800g
Vitamin C pinch ¼ tsp ½ tsp ¾ tsp 1 tsp 1¼ tsp
egg white(s) ½ 1 2 3 4
liquid glucose ¼ tsp ½ tsp ¾ tsp 1 tsp 1¼ tsp 1½ tsp

Vegan Royal Icing

Cake Size 10cm/4″ 15cm/6″ 18cm/7″ 20cm/8″ 25cm/10″ 30cm/12″
icing sugar 100g 200g 300g 400g 600g 800g
Vitamin C  pinch ¼ tsp ½ tsp ¾ tsp 1 tsp  1¼ tsp
aquafaba  1 tbsp 2 tbsp 3 tbsp 4 tbsp 6 tbsp 8 tbsp
liquid glucose ¼ tsp ½ tsp ¾ tsp 1 tsp 1¼ tsp 1½ tsp

The Marzipan Layer

  1. Decide if you are going to ice the top of the cake or turn it over so the flat base becomes the top of the cake.
  2. Warm the apricot jam and spread it over the cold cake.
  3. Sieve some icing sugar over a very clean work surface.
  4. Cut off a quarter of the marzipan and roll it into a circle the same diameter as your cake.
  5. Stand the empty cake tin on the marzipan and cut around the tin.
  6. Lift the marzipan circle onto the top of the apricot jam brushed cake.
  7. Roll the remaining marzipan into a circle, twice the diameter of your cake.
  8. Carefully lift the marzipan onto the cake allowing it to cover the top and gently fold down the sides of the cake.
  9. Press and shape the marzipan to cover the cake. A cake smoother can help with this but is not essential.
  10. Trim away any excess marzipan around the base of the cake.
  11. Loosely cover the cake and leave it for at least 12 hours for the marzipan to set.
  12. Wrap the cake in kitchen foil and store it in a tin until you are ready to ice it.

The Fondant Icing Layer

  1. Lightly dust a very clean work surface with icing sugar.
  2. Roll the fondant icing into a circle, twice the diameter of your cake.
  3. Carefully lift the fondant icing over the marzipan allowing it to fold into the shape of the cake.
  4. Press and smooth the icing on the top and sides of the cake. A cake smoother will help get the icing very flat.
  5. Trim away any excess icing around the bottom of the cake.
  6. To store the cake, wrap it in parchment paper and a double layer of kitchen foil before storing it in an airtight container where it will keep for several weeks.
  7. If using a cake board, brush the centre of the board with some warm apricot jam.
  8. Gently transfer the cake to the board, positioning in the middle of the board.
  9. Add optional decoration.

Royal Icing or Vegan Royal Icing Layer

  1. Put the egg white(s) or aquafaba into the refrigerator for a few of hours before starting.
  2. Measure the icing sugar into a bowl, and sieve it into another bowl.
  3. OR measure the aquafaba into a mixing bowl.
  4. Add the Vitamin C.
  5. Using electric beaters, beat the egg white(s) or aquafaba until it is light and fluffy which may take a few minutes.
  6. Continue beating as you add the icing sugar a spoon at a time.
  7. When about half the sugar has been incorporated, add the liquid glucose and beat well.
  8. Add the remaining sugar a spoon at a time.
  9. Bring the royal icing together into a soft mass.
  10. Using a palette knife spread the royal icing over the marzipan layer.
  11. Smooth the surface of the royal icing with a cake smoother or create a texture in the icing with the palette knife.
  12. Leave the icing to become firm.
  13. When the icing has set, the cake can be stored in an airtight container or mounted on a cake board.
  14. If using a cake board, brush the centre of the board with slightly warm apricot jam.
  15. Gently transfer the cake, positioning in the middle of the board.
  16. Add optional seasonal decoration.
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