Just a short post today, because I don't want to be tied up on this most special of all the "Eve"s...
I'll actually talk about Christmas Eve in a few days time, because well, it hasn't happened yet. Think of my posts on a 24 hour + delay... so this post is about something I did last night...
Are we all suitably confused? Wonderful. Then I'll begin...
I posted a few weeks ago about my Christmas cake, which had been baked back in November. Yesterday night, it was finally time.
Time for ICING!
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of Christmas cake. I'll eat a little slice of the fruit cake very happily, but things like marzipan and lots of icing aren't really my cup of tea.
So why do I go to so much trouble?
I suppose it's to treat my family... and because decorating a Christmas cake gives me that warm glowing feeling inside... and because IT'S CHRISTMAS.
I'm totally obsessed with tradition, too, and I don't like change one bit...
So I got on with it.
First, I heated apricot jam and spread it all over the cake. Then I draped a thin layer of marzipan over the top. There aren't any pictures of that process because I'm ashamed of the total mess of it I made this year... Turns out, you can't marzipan a cake and watch a movie at the same time!
Anyway, onwards and upwards. I then made the royal icing by whisking together 4 egg whites and 500g icing sugar, with a spoonful of glycerine to make it really shine. Then I smoothed this over the cake. We always use royal icing as my dad hates fondant, and I love the "snowy" effect it gives.
I had some black fondant that needed using up, and it gave me an idea. I fashioned a half cylinder and made grooves with a fork to look like a tree trunk. I then made small "branches" by rolling more fondant and flattened the whole thing with a rolling pin on some greaseproof paper. I then transferred it onto the cake. I stuck a robin ornament we've had for ages on one of the branches and finished with little fondant footprints and a gold ribbon round the cake.
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty proud of it. Here's to trying something new!
Hope you've enjoyed the post. One more sleep! xxx