Christmas Cake Decorating | Bold Baking Basics

Christmas Cake Decorating | Bold Baking Basics

Hi Bold Bakers! A big part of Christmas tradition in Ireland
is to decorate a Christmas cake. I’m gonna show you how you can take my fruitcake
and transform it into a Christmas centerpiece. What you need for this video is my auntie
Rosaleen’s fruitcake, my homemade marzipan, how to make royal icing, and my marshmallow
fondant. Now as always all of these recipes can be
found on Okay, let’s start out with our fondant. So here I have my marshmallow fondant, super
easy to make, all you need is a bag of marshmallows and powdered sugar. Now I’m gonna roll this out to around ?” thick. This is gonna be the decorations for the top
of our cake. It’s important to roll fondant on powdered
sugar because it makes it so much easier to roll out. Okay good, this is the thickness that I want. So here I have some star cutters I’ve got
them all different sizes, and I’m just gonna cut out a few stars, to put on top of my cake. I like to do them different sizes so you kinda
get a 3D effect. You’re gonna see what I’m doing in a minute,
it’s all gonna make sense. Okay so I have enough stars to decorate the
top of my cake, any leftover bit of fondant you can roll back up wrap it in cling wrap,
and use it another time. So now what I’m gonna do is bedazzle these
stars so here I have a little bit of water and a brush I use this brush in the kitchen
for pastry and things like that. And I’m just going to dampen one of the stars
all over the top. This is going to stick our decoration to it. So here I have something really beautiful
this is edible gold. You can get this online no I’m gonna put a
link on my website it’s not that expensive and it’s just really beautiful. And what we’re gonna do is just cover our
star with the gold. Make sure you cover all the surface so it
really stands out. And then just continue doing this with as
many stars as you want to put on the top of your cake. So a little bit of water, and a little bit
of gold. Once the water dries the gold will stick on
there and they’ll be good to go. So those are our stars they’re lovely and
twinkly now what I like to do is leave them out at room temperature to dry a little bit
for a minimum of 5 hours but preferably overnight and it’ll just make them much easier to stack
later on. So let’s get into the decorating of the
actual cake here I have my auntie Rosaleen’s Christmas cake this recipe is on my website
and it is a huge fan favorite my auntie has been making this for years and it came straight
from Ireland so you know that it’s good. So here I have some apricot jam that’s been
heated up this is really important because what we’re going to do is brush the cake
all over with this apricot jam and this is what the marzipan layer is going to stick
to. Now we use apricot because it doesn’t really
have a color and it’s very mild in flavor so you don’t have to use it, but it’s best
that you use something that is similar doesn’t have a whole lot of color and the flavor doesn’t
overpower the cake. So just brush this all over. So a fun fact in Ireland you actually make
your Christmas cake in around October maybe even September because you want them to sit
let all the flavors marinate and the cake will just get even better. And don’t worry, it will not go bad it is
loaded with fruit, little bit of sugar, and it stays perfectly preserved. So there’s the top and the sides this is lovely
now I’m gonna set this over to one side and we’re gonna roll out our marzipan. So you want to roll this out around the same
thickness as the fondant ?” to ?”. So to move my marzipan you can either roll it
over your rolling pin what I like to do is use a plastic chopping board and just get
it right underneath there. Then I can lift it up and gently slide it
on the top of my cake. So once your marzipan is on there use your
hands to mold it into the shape of the cake pushing it all the way around and on the top. Might want to take a little knife and cut
away any excess. We just want to bring the marzipan all the
way to the bottom of the cake. So now not only is it tradition to add marzipan
to a cake, but it also keeps your cake really moist for the time you have it over the holidays. Okay lovely, if you have any little cracks
or anything like that just push them together cover them up, and if there’s any little holes
you can just shove in a little piece of excess marzipan. But don’t worry if you think your cake doesn’t
look perfect because we’re gonna be covering all of this in royal icing. So the next thing we need to decorate our
cake is royal icing, now this is on my website this is for decorating cakes and not for decorating
cookies because that one’s a lot thinner and we want this nice and thick so we can
plaster it onto our cake. So what I love about this is that it’s really
rustic just plop it onto your cake smear it around with your spatula, and what we’re
kind of gonna end up with is something that’s gonna dry and look like snow. So you do not have to get this smooth it can
be rough and ready. So I’ve got my cake on a cake stand and I’m
just moving it around as I’m frosting but if you don’t have one don’t worry about it,
these do however make your life easier so you might want to put it on your Christmas
list. So if you’re wondering when is a good time
to decorate your Christmas cakes do it the week before Christmas then you have them out
of the way, they’re ready to go and they’re still going to look beautiful throughout the
holidays. So this is looking good I smoothed out the
sides a little bit and left the top a little bit more rustic, because next we’re gonna
put on our stars. So here I have my stars Thayer nice and dried
out and what I’m going to do is pretty much just kind of stack them on top of the cake
leaning up against each other so you kind of have a pyramid of stars. And they’re going to dry in the royal icing
so that will hold them up also. You want to make sure that you lean them against
each other so that they hold up. Also when the icing dries it’ll keep them
in place. So I’ve admitted multiple times on Bigger
Bolder Baking that I’m not the world’s best cake decorator but I have to say this looks
really festive and it was super easy to do. Now what I’m gonna do is just set it over
to the side and at room temperature let the icing dry. So there you have it a beautiful cake that
is ready to rock and roll this holiday season. For all the recipes in this video and for
my holiday baking headquarters head over to my website and I’ll see you back here really
soon for more Bigger Bolder Baking.

86 thoughts on “Christmas Cake Decorating | Bold Baking Basics

  1. Hi Bold Bakers! Transform a cake into a Christmas centerpiece with my Simple and Beautiful Christmas Cake Decorating. Get links to all these recipes and the instructions: I can't wait to see what you make.

  2. Hi, Gemma. Your Christmas cake looks so pretty, just like you in that outfit, and your pink fingernails are just too cute. What do you love about sugar cookie shapes? Have a good day, Gemma. I love you, cutie pie. <3

  3. Love you Gemma!!
    You are my true idol!!
    Thanks alot for sharing not just the recipies but also the little tips here & there.
    You have a really pretty and warm smile.
    Love watching your videos.
    Loads of love and wishes form India! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. Waaa, for sure am glued to your channel. Less than 3 minutes and I have watched it already. Keep up the good work. Much love from Africa Nairobi Kenya

  5. This is so helpful Gemma๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป. Love it and it looks soooo cute๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜. Definitely gonna try it ๐Ÿ˜Š. Please do any Indian desserts ๐Ÿ˜™. LOVE YOU ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  6. Hi Gemma I love the way you decorated your cake simple but beautiful and its not too complex either. I will definitely try it some time.

  7. Looks amazing! I will definitely use those tips to decorate my Christmas cake this year. Iโ€™ve always wanted to make marshmallow fondant for cakes. This will be excellent to have in my baking repertoire. My friends know I bake a lot of pastries and desserts from scratch now thanks to your channel.

  8. Just Beautiful! My mom was the cake maker/decorater. She made my wedding cake, 7 layers, pedastle with 4 arms each holding a home made fruit cake! The 5th layer centered, was also fruitcake. The next 2 we're vanilla. The height of the cake alone was a good 3ft tall. Every layer separated! Just gorgeous…she really outdid herself! I admire anyone who can construction works of art with cake!

  9. I click to watch how happens. I tried your cream cheese, it's awesome.

    I will be uploading cheese cake tomorrow! Btw I'm very small youtuber

  10. :-)โ™ฅ Thanks Gemma! My hubby & I love your fruitcake. :-)โ™ฅ Merry Christmas to you and all of your loved ones. โ™กโ™ฅ

  11. Cake looks good but why didn't you leave the marzipan to dry out? If made in advance the oil from the marzipan creeps up into the icing.

  12. Your aesthetic sense is truly awesome .. love you Gem!! Seasonsโ€™ Greetings ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŒŸโญ๏ธ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ˜˜โ™ฅ๏ธ

  13. I've never tried the fruit cakes that are so popular in the UK. I will definitely have to check out your Aunt's recipe!

  14. Merry Christmas Gemma.
    Thanks for all the recipes. If you ever make a new ice cream video can you make a chocolate ice cream with orange swirl. Thank you

  15. Gemma I wanna thank you so much….. Your simple and innovative recipes have inspired me to cook.. I m going to a hotel management school to train to be a professional chef like you……

  16. I love fruit cake! When I was little, my mother would make them, as you said, starting around October, and after a while she would wrap them well and freeze them. They would be for the next year. As she'd freeze them, she would take one or two out for that year's Christmas. I know not a lot of people like fruit cake, but even as a child I loved it. This video brings back such fond memories (I'm 51).

  17. How these lovely decorative ideas come in your mind???
    The glittery Gold and 3D style of decorating stars.
    Well done Gemma you are the best.

  18. In case I have not done so already, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for the wonderful recipes and your simple instructions!

  19. I tried your sugar cookies it turned out amazing
    It was so soft and had crispy edges omg
    Yours were 1000 times better than tasty and whatsupmoms
    UR recipe is the new cookie recipe in our family
    As It was sooo goooood
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family,

  20. Hi, i was trying to make truffles for my family but it ended up not being thick enough to roll so i added sugar to stiffen it. But i feel like it's more of a frosting now? How can you tell the difference? Also could you make a tutorial on how to make truffles? Thank you๐Ÿ’•

  21. Hey Gemma ! Your videos are again nice and lovely I am Smridhi and I want to bake too did you enjoy your trip at nailed it season holiday at Netflix with Nicole and 3 home Bakers who were inspired by your cakes

  22. Hi Jemma you are such an inspiration please could you make a video on how to make jam? Ps you are such a good bakerโค๏ธ

  23. Hi Gemma. Please could you give us a link to the christmas cake recipe video you mentioned above? Thank you and happy holidays

  24. Could you please show us how to make clotted cream? I would like to put it on scones but it is unavailable in my country ๐Ÿค—

  25. It was so much fun watching you on Nailed it..I was like OMG!! It felt as if you were some family member of ours who was on t.v ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚beautiful cake thanks for amazing recipes ๐Ÿ˜

  26. Can you please answer my question!!!

    If we use cake flour in making a cake, we won't be using baking powder or soda, is it like that ?????

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