How to make a snowman Christmas cake

Create a super-cool icy blue marbled cake and keep it simple with a few snowflake decorations and homemade snowmen for a fairytale touch.

Use this recipe to decorate a 20cm fruit cake. Use a shop-bought cake or make your own, using this traditional Christmas cake recipe.

How to make a snowman Christmas cake

Time: Hands-on time 30 min (50 min with the snowmen), plus 2-3 hours drying

Make ahead: You can ice your cake up to 2 weeks ahead and keep in a cool place.

Food team’s tips:

  • The icing will look best on a cake that’s been covered with marzipan at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Use a different colour marbling if you want – pale green would work well. Finish off by dusting the cake with edible silver lustre or glitter.
  • We had a little orange food colouring and used it to make carrot noses out of fondant, but you can draw on a nose.
  • Find speciality decorating items like the black writing pen, edible lustre/glitter, cutters and cake smoother at lakeland.co.uk and squires-shop.com.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5kg ready-to-roll white icing (known as fondant or sugarpaste)
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  • Blue gel food colouring (we used Dr Oetker, from large supermarkets)
  • 20cm Christmas cake, covered with marzipan (see how to marzipan a cake)
  • Black writing icing pen

You’ll also need

  • Icing smoother
  • Turntable (optional)
  • Toothpicks
  • Cake board or flat serving platter/cake plate
  • Small snowflake cutters

How to make a snowman Christmas cake

  1. Knead 1kg of the icing until soft on a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar. Make 3-4 thumb imprints in the icing and add a little gel food colouring (about the size of a small pea) to each. Knead the fondant until it’s no longer sticky and streaks of blue start to appear in the icing.

    how to make a Snowman Christmas cake step 1

  2. Dust the work surface again with icing sugar and roll out the icing to give a circle 35cm in diameter and 0.5cm thick – the marbling should now be quite pronounced.

    how to make a Snowman Christmas cake step 2

  3. Put the cake on a cake turntable (or straight onto a cake board/plate if you don’t have a turntable). Brush the marzipan lightly all over with water. Dust a rolling pin with icing sugar and use it to lift up the icing, then unroll it
    over the top of the cake.

    how to make a Snowman Christmas cake step 3

  4. Smooth down the edges with your hands then, using a smoothing tool,  smooth the surface of the cake.

    how to make a Snowman Christmas cake step 4

  5. Trim the bottom of the icing so it’s flush with the cake board/plate (keep offcuts for extra decoration). Leave to dry for 2-3 hours (see Make Ahead).
  6. Roll out 250g white icing on a work surface dusted with icing sugar and use the snowflake cutters to cut out a few shapes. Brush one side with water, then stick the shapes on the cake in a pattern of your choice.

    how to make a Snowman Christmas cake step 5

  7. For the snowman decorations, take 3 pieces of the remaining 250g icing weighing about 30g, 20g and 15g and roll into balls. Push a cocktail stick into the top of the largest ball, then push the second largest onto the stick so the pick comes out the other side. Stick the smallest ball on top. Draw on eyes, nose (see tips), buttons and arms with the black icing pen.
  8. Knead a tiny dot of blue colouring into 30g more icing and roll it out (or use the offcuts), then cut 2 x 8cm x 1cm strips to make scarves. Make another snowman in the same way using smaller balls of icing and half a cocktail stick.

    how to make a Snowman Christmas cake step 6

  9. Flatten the snowmen bases lightly, wet with water and stick onto the cake.

We’ve got lots more Christmas cake decorating ideas, see 10 ways to decorate your cake here.

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September 2019