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How To Cover A Fruit Cake
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How To Cover A Fruit Cake

by Jaqui
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Fruit cakes are perfect for a range of special occasions, such as weddings, birthdays and of course they are very popular during the festive period. They're actually really easy to cover with marzipan and sugarpaste, and because fruit cakes are quite dense, it's easy to spread jam over them and achieve a lovely, smooth finish. For this tutorial, you're going to need a few items, and you can find these on our website (yes, even ready-made fruit cakes!) So put on your apron and let's get started!

you will need...

  • Fruit Cake
  • Apricot Jam
  • Marzipan
  • White Sugarpaste
  • Palette Knife
  • Rolling Pin
  • Sharp Knife
  • Cake Smoother
  • Round Cake Card

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you will need...

Round Fruit Cake - 6
Round Fruit Cake - 6"
buy
£12.30
CDS Marzipan Natural 500g
CDS Marzipan Natural 500g
buy
£2.99
Renshaws Regalice White Sugarpaste 500g
Renshaws Regalice White Sugarpaste 500g
buy
£3.19
Tala Tapered & Angled Palette Knife
Tala Tapered & Angled Palette Knife
buy
£3.47
9
9" Non-stick Rolling Pin with Thickness Gauge
buy
£3.60
Rounded Cake Smoother & Polisher
Rounded Cake Smoother & Polisher
buy
£2.99
Single Thickness Round Cake Card - 6
Single Thickness Round Cake Card - 6"
buy
£0.50

instructions

Bake or buy yourself a fruit cake, any size you like, and leave this to cool down before beginning to decorate.

Preparing The Cake

1. The first thing you need to do is prepare your fruit cake. Ensure that it has cooled down enough first before you begin to decorate. Take your apricot jam and palette knife, and spread a smooth, even layer of jam all over the top and sides of the cake. This will give it a sticky surface that will allow your marzipan to cling to the cake.

Covering With Marzipan

2. You may want to sit your fruit cake on a cake card (this will make it easier for you to pick it up and move it around). With the cake out of the way, you can work on your marzipan. Roll out the marzipan using a non-stick rolling pin to approximately 3mm thick. You want the marzipan to be rolled out large enough to cover the whole of your cake and a little bit extra. Measure the width and sides of your cake to gain an indication of how big this needs to be rolled out to.

3. Use your rolling pin to help you pick up the marzipan and drape this over your cake. Once the marzipan is draped over the cake, use your hands to carefully smooth this over the top and sides of the cake.

4. Using a sharp knife, trim off the excess marzipan.

Covering With Sugarpaste

5. Once you've covered the cake with marzipan, take the white sugarpaste out of the packet and knead this thoroughly. Roll the sugarpaste into a smooth round ball.

6. Dust your work surface with a little icing sugar, and begin to roll out the sugarpaste. Try to keep the sugarpaste in a circular shape by rolling once and then turning the sugarpaste a quarter turn.

7. You want the sugarpaste to be roughly 2-3mm thick and again, it will need to be rolled out a little larger than the actual size of your cake.

8. As you did with the marzipan, drape the sugarpaste over the fruit cake, using your hands to smooth this over the top and sides of the cake.

9. To achieve a smooth finish, you can use a cake smoother to flatten the top and sides of the cake.

10. Cut off the excess sugarpaste with a sharp knife.

In just 10 steps you have successfully covered your fruit cake with marzipan and sugarpaste! Why not try out our traditional Christmas cake tutorial for inspiration on how to decorate your cake ready for the festive season?

 

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