🎁 Hey guys, welcome back! Today we are going to show you how to decorate cakes. We baked our special cake for the occasion and are going to show you different styles to decorate them. And, officially it will be Bethany’s time to shine. As you have seen in previous videos, Bethany has a lot of glitter, a lot of pink and lots of butterflies and unicorns.

Cake decorating has always been a way of making a simple cake look beautiful. And, there are many different types of icing like buttercream that can be used for this. For our ninth day of Christmas, we made a Christmas style cake that is backed by a good recipe – a family honoured cake recipe.

If you have seen our previous cakes, we have used the same recipe for the past couple of years and use it for all of our events. You need a clear glaze or apricot glaze to put on your cake so nothing colours the marzipan. The marzipan is what you put on top of the cake. After this, the world is your oyster. Whatever you want to put on the cake is your choice, no holding back! You can use these tips to make a cake of a certain style like when we previously made a Bible cake for a communion.

👉 Light Fruit Cake

Ingredients:

  • 225g Butter
  • 225g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Orange (grated rind)
  • 5 Eggs (beaten)
  • 300g plain flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 575g Mixed Fruits
  • 155g mixed peel

🎄 Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°c. Grease a deep 8in round or 7in square cake tin, line the base and sides with baking parchment and grease the paper
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until soft. Add the orange rind and then the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition and adding a spoonful of flour to stop them curdling. Sift the remaining flour with baking powder and mixed spice. Stir in mixed fruits
  3. Mix thoroughly. Spoon the mix into the baking tin leaving a slight depression in the centre. Bake in the centre of the oven for 2 1/2 – 3 ¼ hours. Test the cake after 2 ½ hours the centre will be firm and a skewer inserted in the centre will come out clean
  4. Let the cake cool completely in the tin

 

Notes:

  1. If you want to make the mixed fruits, soak in brandy 6 months in advance: 175g currants, 175g raisins, 175g sultanas, 50g apricots
  2. If you want to make the mixed peel, soak in brandy peels from lemons and oranges
  3. Cover the top loosely with foil if it starts to brown quickly
  4. Put a layer of Marzipan and fondant icing on top (we will share a tip in another video)
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