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Sparkling snowflake cake

This stylish, shimmering cake is ideal if you've had some practice at cake decorating before

  • Takes 1½ hours, plus overnight drying
  • Cuts into 12 slices
  • Easy
  • Cuts into 12 slices
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • 18-23cm fruit cake (see link below) covered with marzipan and ready-to-roll white icing
  • 250g white ready-to-roll icing
  • 1 quantity soft royal icing
  • edible silver lustre, edible silver balls and edible sparkles, fine writing tube and small piping bag

Method

  1. Knead the ready-to-roll icing until smooth, then roll out to approx 1cm thickness. Using snowflake cutters of various sizes, stamp out 3 snowflake shapes. Lay the snowflakes on baking parchment on a flat surface and leave overnight to harden. Keep any trimmings and wrap up in cling film.

  2. Next day, make the royal icing. Drop a writing tube into a piping bag and spoon in a third of the icing. Spread the rest around the base of the cake to create a snowdrift effect. Pipe snowflake outlines over the cut-out snowflake shapes and pipe snowflakes all over the surface of the cake in different sizes and designs. Leave for 1 hr until the icing has hardened slightly, then sprinkle silver lustre over the cake, snowdrift and snowflakes.

  3. Using the leftover ready-to-roll white icing, mould thimble-sized supports for your snowflakes to lean against. Position the snowflakes on the top of the cake. Finally, fix the silver balls to the icing with a little more of the royal icing. Finish by scattering sparkles over.