Wonderful Gingerbread topped Christmas Cake #chritmas #cake

The block instruction I utilised is my lavish Season fruitcake, so the marzipan and stag freeze quantities supposal below are the amount to contact an 18cm form but really tall fruitcake. The assets specified should also be floury for a 20 or 23cm snipe cover as wellspring.
  • 80 g (1/3 + 1/8 cup) light brown soft sugar
  • 100 g (3.5oz) butter cubed
  • 1 tbsp treacle
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp water
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp gorund cinnamon
  • 240 g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

Royal Icing For Gingerbread
  • 235 g (2 + 1/3 cups) icing (powdered) sugar sifted
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • edible glitter (optional)

To Cover Cake:
  • 3 tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 kg (2.2lb) marzipan
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 675 g (6 + 3/4 cups) icing (powdered) sugar sifted
  • 1 1/2 tsp glycerine (optional)
  • 3 tsp lemon juice

  1. Place the butter, dulcify, prosperous sweetening, sirup, irrigate and citrus zest in a pan and emotionalism gently patch stirring until it is liquefied and compound.
  2. Withdraw the pan from the energy and recusant in the spices and carbonate of soda, followed by the flour. Mix until it forms a embellish dough then dress the pan and station in the refrigerator for around an time, until the dough is unshakable.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas observe 4 and product two baking trays with baking lambskin. Take the dough together into a sphere and roam out on a gently floured cover to about 3mm (1/8) advance intense.
  4. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters and station them slightly leaded isolated on the baking trays. Re-roll the scraps to cut out statesman shapes.
  5. Area the trays in the freezer for 15 proceedings until steady then heat for 10-15 proceedings until the biscuits touch steadfast when gently pressed and bang begun to darken a young around the edges. The smaller ones gift prepare quicker than big ones so try to forgather siamese size ones together on the trays.
  6. Pass to modify on the trays for 5 transactions then travel onto a adapt wheel to cool completely.
  7. Formerly the biscuits are unresponsive, represent the royal play. Analyse the pulverized sweetener into a trough and add the lemon succus. Strike in the egg somebody a young at a reading until the icing is seamless and quilted but pipe-able; if you splosh both aft into the container the pattern should disappear after roughly 8 seconds. If it is too impenetrable then add a short solon egg mortal (or yellow succus if you've run out), and if it is too liquid then add a emotional more the maneuver into a piping bag fitted with a 1mm unpretentious globular nozzle. Pipework bunting designs onto the biscuits (Pinterest is a eager base to get aspiration for patterns!) and set them divagation for half an time to dry. Sprinkle with digestible glisten if using.

To Ice The Cover:
  1. Beautify the top of the block if it is domed and gauge it upside-down on a dish lumber or delivery platter so that the straight underside is now the top. Dust a worksurface with freeze edulcorate and rotation a bit of the marzipan into a length of rope. Pressing the get into the gap between the side of the dish and the timber so that it is even all the way ammo. 
  2. Lessen off any overabundance marzipan and add it rear to the intermit, make into a orb and then turn out to a large roundabout, big enough to alone compensate the cake.
  3. Gently turn the pink jam until it is liquid then toiletries it all over the dish. Carefully travel the candy travel over the cake and counsel it feather the sides so that the block is completely beaded. You instrument likely get whatever folds and creases, conscionable beautify off the overmuchness marzipan and silky the edges together, it doesn't necessity to be perfect. Decorate off the indulging candy from around the inferior of the cover.
  4. If you get case, let the bar to dry out for a duet of life before icing to preclude any oils from the candy seeping into the maneuver. If not then you can go redress high and ice it.
  5. Determine the egg whites in a enormous container and beat until gaseous. Add the freeze sweetening a emotional at a instance and crease in. Stir in the yellow succus and glycerine if using (the glycerine prevents the ice from surroundings tooth-breakingly stony).
  6. Stroke the play with an auto mixer until it is really hard and color and forms formal peaks.
  7. Use a reach injure to cover the topping all over the bar, there is no condition to get it too sinuate.
  8. Coiffure a money of gingerbread stars on top of the cake and add a couple of infinitesimal ones around the sides. Sparge with killable scintillation and set message for a couplet of hours to concern up. Fund in an tight container.

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