|Here is how it came out of the oven|
|The cake requires requires feeding;) I poked several holes in the top using a wooden skewer|
|I added about 2 or 3 tablespoons of Brandy to the cake. I did this 2X while the cake was in storage. Allowing approximately 2-3 weeks between each feeding:)|
Knowing the cake was just too big for my family to eat,so I cut the cake in half, frosted it, and sent one half back to the states to my mother and father. I am hoping it gets to them by Christmas or New Year!
|So this is half of the cake placed on a aluminum wrapped cutting board because I don't own a cake platter:(|
|Take a small jar of jam and microwave it for 20 seconds to liquified|
|Using a pastry brush wipe the jam all over the cake this acts as a glue for the marzipan icing|
|You will need 2 types of cake covering|
|First is Marzipan--needs to be rolled out on parchment paper use a little confectioner sugar so it doesn't stick to the paper|
|Carefully placed the marzipan on to the cake|
|Carefully cover the cake making sure there are no folds in the marzipan -- carefully cut off any extra around the cake. Don't cut to close to the cake as the icing will raise a little exposing the cake.|
|Now bring out the Regal icing|
|Roll it out on Parchment paper|
|Carefully place onto the Christmas cake --smooth side up.|
|Once again carefully cover the cake making sure there are no creases or folds in the icing|
|Cut any excess icing away at a slight angle|
|Icing is completed|
|Now is time to decorate. I chose to use a pretty green ribbon. Unfortunately the one I sent my mother was without a ribbon as I hadn't one available in the house, sorry MOM|
|I need to work on my bow a bit more--but you get the idea:)|
I will carefully wrap up my cake in foil until Christmas and then wait till Christmas which is in 4 days:)
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!!!!!
I will be taking some time off from blogging to spend with my family, see you in the New Year!