Christmas cake toppings

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Christmas cake toppings

Postby Sloe-Gin » November 21st, 2018, 3:49 pm

I never make (or buy) a Christmas cake, because, between us, we hate marzipan, brazils, almonds, candied fruit and icing. Pretty boring aren't we?

But I do have a hankering to make a cake this year, so am looking for 'something', that je ne sais quoi, for its decoration.

Any suggestions please, to bring a bit of festive fruit cake to our lives?
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Re: Christmas cake toppings

Postby earthmaiden » November 21st, 2018, 4:14 pm

Quite a tall order! You only mention two kinds of nut, could you use nuts such as pecans or walnuts and glaze them or do you dislike them as well? I think a drizzle of white water icing and various glittery 'sprinkles' might work. It's not the same as thick royal or fondant icing. My grandmother always decorated sticky gingerbread with cocktail umbrellas - heaven knows why but they were quite fun :). I still have our old cake decorations - Santas, trees, snowmen etc which went on the cake every year. They don't need icing :).

Other ideas might be washed and sprayed fir cones and ribbon etc.

Or a suitable design just stencilled with icing sugar before serving.
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Re: Christmas cake toppings

Postby Herbidacious » November 23rd, 2018, 7:07 pm

I usually just peel the icing and marzipan off, and, albeit, give it to my husband. If he didn't like them either, I'd just not bother.

I take it you don't like cream cheese 'frosting'...

White chocolate??!! That might sound awful, but I had a very delicious (imo) white chocolate coated Christmas tiffin slice from Pret today, However, I'd be tempted to buy a tiny cake and expeirment first just in case.

A dusting of icing sugar and some sort of decorative sugar leaves, flowers and berries? (You don't have to eat them.)
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Re: Christmas cake toppings

Postby Herbidacious » November 23rd, 2018, 7:11 pm

You have just reminded me though that I need to order a small cake from Betty's. There is a discount today too :)
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Re: Christmas cake toppings

Postby Catherine » November 24th, 2018, 12:39 am

What about using dried apple slices, dried figs and apricots and dates and glaze with apricot jam?
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Re: Christmas cake toppings

Postby Ratatouille » November 24th, 2018, 3:11 pm

When you say candied fruit does that include preserved ginger and pineapple because they make a nice topping ?
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Re: Christmas cake toppings

Postby karadekoolaid » November 24th, 2018, 10:32 pm

Make a cheesecake with raspberries, Sloe - sod the Xmas cake! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Christmas cake toppings

Postby PatsyMFagan » November 25th, 2018, 1:47 pm

I could have sworn that I posted on here, but seems to have disappeared into the ether … anyway it was just to say that really the only thing I like about Christmas cake is the marzipan, best home made, but I usually put this in a Plum Kuchen .. I could eat cake if I was very hungry and would need the cheese to go with it :rolleyes: :chops:
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Re: Christmas cake toppings

Postby Sloe-Gin » November 25th, 2018, 7:08 pm

Thank you fo the suggestions! Preserved ginger and pineapple wins the day!!!
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Re: Christmas cake toppings

Postby Ratatouille » November 26th, 2018, 1:19 pm

:tu: Even better if you soak them in whatever spirits you have used in the cake.
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Re: Christmas cake toppings

Postby Sloe-Gin » November 26th, 2018, 7:46 pm

Ratatouille wrote::tu: Even better if you soak them in whatever spirits you have used in the cake.


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