It takes a bit of patience but it’s worth it
Make a stunning, table centrepiece using your Christmas cake and fondant icing.
You will need:
- Christmas cake with marzipan icing
- Large pack of fondant icing, I got mine from https://www.aldi.co.uk/
- Rolling pin
- Scalpel or small, sharp, pointed knife
- Cardboard, pencil and scissors to make template
- Icing sugar and water for the grace icing
- A few toothpicks
Ice the cake
Roll out the fondant to the size of the cake, leaving enough spare to make the reindeer. Dampen the marzipan and place the fondant over. Smooth the surface. Leave for a couple of days to harden before making the reindeers snow scene.
Make the template
Find a simple line drawing or picture of a reindeer. Sketch onto a piece of card. It doesn’t need to be posh card, I used a piece from a tea-bag box https://www.yorkshiretea.co.uk
Cut out the shape and then… carefully and painstakingly cut out the reindeer.
Leave them alone
Put them on a board to dry out for a couple of days. Leave them out of reach. They become quite brittle and so need to be treated with great care.
Glace icing snow
Place three tea lights on the cake. up a paste with icing sugar and a few drops of hot water. Use this to make snow drifts in which the reindeer will stand.
Set the scene
With great care place the reindeer in the snow as in the picture. Use toothpicks to prop them up until they have set. Some of the legs may come off! In which case they become laying reindeer. Some of the antlers may snap off – in which case they become does!
In the woods
Trees can be made from simple, right-angle triangles. Lean three together in a puddle of glacé icing with a little icing spread on the edge where they join together.
Light the candles and turn out the lights for a stunning, Christmas centrepiece.