How to Ice a Christmas Cake (Marzipan)

Icing a Christmas cake can enhance its appeal and create a "snowy" look. The instructions here will show you how to use marzipan as an icing topping for a Christmas cake that you've already baked.

  • Preparation Time: 2 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 packet of pre-rolled marzipan
  • 750 g / 26.5 oz icing sugar
  • 100 ml / 3.5 fl oz cold water


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    Bake the cake in advance.
    Have it already prepared on the wire rack and baking tray.
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    Lay the marzipan.
    Unroll the marzipan, removing its protective covering.
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      Lay the circle of marzipan over the cake.
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    Squeeze the marzipan around the edges. Use your fingers and whole hand, gently pressing down, so that it fits firmly over the cake. Cut off any excess marzipan to tidy it up.
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    Make the icing sugar.
    Into the large bowl add the icing sugar and a dash of water and begin to mix it in. Gradually add the rest of the water, while stirring constantly, until it forms a thick, smooth paste.
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    Ice the cake.
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      Using the spatula, spoon a dollop of icing sugar on the cake and spread it over evenly.
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      Spoon on a little more and spread it over around the sides. Continue spreading until the entire cake has been covered.
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      Smooth over and around the fringe of the cake as a final finish. Make sure it looks neat.
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    Once iced, place the cake into the fridge for half an hour to chill and set.
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    Present and serve. The cake is now ready to serve. If wished, you can decorate with some Christmas goodies for that extra festive feel! Merry Christmas!


  • Serves: makes icing for one 500g cake.
  • Why not reserve a little of the icing and add it to some food colouring to write a colourful Christmas greeting on your cake!

Things You'll Need

  • 1 baking tray
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 wire cooling rack

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Article Info

Categories: Christmas Cooking