There would be no white Christmas for me again this year. Being in the tropics gives me the chance to enjoy perfect weather but I kind of miss having a snowy, cold Christmas. A perfect Christmas scenario for me is being all bundled up, sipping hot chocolate while watching the snow fall through an icy window. Similar to what I had experienced in China. Oh well, it ain't gonna happen in Thailand. So with white Christmas in mind, I decided to create my own winter wonderland with the Christmas cake I made 2 months back!
It took me two months to mature the Christmas cake. Finally a day before Christmas, I got into my decorating spirit to make my dream Christmas possible.
What you will need:
icing sugar, sifted
marzipan (almond paste)
Five days before I decorated the cake, I covered it with a layer of marzipan (almond paste).
Before layering the marzipan over the cake, I lightly dusted the surface with sifted icing sugar.
I mixed apricot jel (60%) with water (40%), warmed it a bit and coated the surface of the cake with it. It would make the marzipan stick to the cake.
I rolled out the marzipan into 2 mm thick. I laid it over the cake and patted it gently into place. I trimmed away the excess
Here's how the Christmas cake looked after covering the surface with marzipan.
I left it to dry uncovered for 5 days
A day before serving time, I iced the surface with brandy butter cream. I colored the marzipan trimmings and used it to make letter cut outs and some other toppers.
The trimmings were enough to make snowman, Christmas tree and sprigs of holy.
I sprinkled colored jimmies on the surface, put some peanut M & Ms and dusted the tree and snowman with sifted icing sugar for the snowy effect.
Here's the finished cake. Happy Christmas everyone!
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