I have to admit I love making these little chocolate models, this year I’ve come up with these cutie pie little chocolate penguins, I’m sure you know someone who’d love one of these!
If you’re short of time it’s good to have a quick and easy idea up your sleeve for your Christmas cake. This quilted version is more a technique than a design and although I’ve just used almond paste (marzipan) you can do it in just the same way with a Christmas cake covered in both almond paste and ready to roll icing.
The Pink Whisk 12 Days of Christmas 2014
So here it is, with the dawn of the 1st December along with the children cracking open the advent calendars and the annual rummage in the loft for the Christmas decorations comes the start of The Pink Whisk 12 Days of Baking Christmas – one Christmassy kitchen adventure each day until the 12th December.
This is a stunningly simple cake and can be adapted to suit your own selection of cutters and kitchen implements! The snowflakes are made from modelling paste instead of a regular sugarpaste as it dries harder much more quickly and can be rolled extremely thinly.
You will need:
1 x 8” Christmas cake, marzipanned and covered in white sugarpaste
A black edible ink pen (available from Lakeland, Amazon here or your local Hobbycraft)
Sugarpaste in festive colours (red, blue, yellow and green)
A little royal icing
A piping tip or a small round cutter.
This cake will work in all sorts of colour combinations – this year I’m drawn to all things purple but go with your own colour scheme if you’d prefer.
You will need:-
Modelling paste – purple and white
Snowflake sugarpaste cutters – large, medium and small
Get yourself a good Sugarpaste Rolling Pin!
This one may seems a bit daft, but how many of you are covering cakes with a regular old rolling pin? Chances are its a wooden one and you’re finding it a bit on the short side?
Make your own Modelling Paste
This will save you a fortune. Using a modelling paste for most cake decorations, flowers and bits and pieces is much much easier than using sugarpaste (fondant). It dries out quicker so will hold the shape you want it to with ease.
Storing your left over Sugarpaste – Seal it Up!
If you’re like me you’ll always end up with some left over coloured sugarpaste at the end of a project. It needs storing well so that when you next go looking for the green you know you had it’s not completely dried out or welded itself together with a random ball of purple!