Christmas Cake Almond Icing (Marzipan)
December 16, 2012
Stage two of making a traditional Christmas Cake is our house, is the Almond Icing or the Marzipan as some people like to call it. Like or loathe it, it's an essential part of the Cake. You can buy it ready made in the shops but it doesn't taste the same and it's actually really easy to make. Most supermarkets do a good deal on ground almonds at this time of year so it doesn't have to cost too much to make your own. This recipe is taken from the Good Housekeeping's Cookery Compendium (1952) which is a cookery book which has been handed down through two generations.
- Prep: 45 mins
- Yields: Covers 1 cake
Bake your Christmas Cake and leave for a few weeks (where possible) to mature.
Smoothing the Almond Icing (Marzipan) on the cake - so easy, a 7 year old could do it! Cut into three sections. Roll out the first section into a circle (enough to cover the cake). To lift onto the top of the cake, wrap it around the rolling pin which makes it easier to lift.
Most kids love eating almond icing so they will really enjoy getting involved with making this. They can weigh everything, do all of the mixing and also make a bit of a mess when rolling out the paste. The mess doesn't last long as it's quickly nibbled up by little fingers!