How to make a crystallised fruit and berries Christmas cake

Sometimes we think the old fashioned Christmas cake decorations are the best! This decorating idea is simplicity itself and creates a stunning Christmas cake in double-quick time.

How to make a crystallised fruit and berries Christmas cake

You will need:

  • Selection of colourful fruit and berries, such as grapes, blueberries, redcurrants, physalis and figs
  • A few bay leaves
  • 1 large free-range egg white, lightly whisked
  •  White caster sugar for coating

You will also need

  • Baking paper
  • Small paintbrush
  • 70cm length of ribbon and some double-sided tape

Method

1. Line a tray with baking paper. Brush the fruit and leaves all over with the lightly whisked egg white.

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2. Sprinkle over the sugar (or dip the berries and fruit into the sugar) and shake off any excess. Place on the tray and leave in a warm place to dry.

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3. Once dry, the fruit will keep for a few days and can be arranged on the cake on the day.

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4. Wrap the ribbon around the side of the cake, securing it with a piece of double sided tape at the back.

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