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The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing! (karma: 5)
By edendancermember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Fri Dec 23, 2005 01:20 PM
Made sticky by hylndlas (107168) on 2005-12-27 21:42:08 I think this might make a good sticky....thanks for posting
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Hey guys,

Many people have asked me questions about cake decorating, so I thought I would post a thread on how you would go about marzipanning a fruit cake.

It's also a very similar method for icing a cake using sugarpaste/roll out icing. I took photos whilst marzipanning my Christmas cake as examples. Then maybe tommrow I will do a 'royal icing' thread, but it depends if I have time!!

Enjoy!- I hope it's useful!


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Everything you need is out and about (well, in the general vicinity....!)

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Cover a cake board with greaseproof/waxed paper and tape underneath, this doesn't have to be the same board as you will use finally.
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Put the cake in the centre of the board, and brush the top rim with apricot jam/jelly which has been heated up in the microwave (so it's runny) I also mix in some alcohol.... but this is not necessary.
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Make a long sausage of marzipan and place it on top of the cake, right near the edge.

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Flatten down the marzipan towards the cake using a pallete knife if you have one, you do this because when cakes bake, the middle tends to rise up, you can either cut this off and waste the cake, or balance the surface with marzipan!!

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Turn the cake over so the marzipan is at the bottom. And coat the whole cake in your apricot mixture.

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Fill and large holes with small pieces of marzipan, this will help keep the cake as smooth as possible. Use the pallete knife again to flatten the marzipan to the cake, make sure you don't use too much.

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Continue.....

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Knead you marzipan like with bread, until it is pliable. Do this on a board or clean table and make sure you sprinkle icing/powdered sugar on the surface and your hands so it doesn't stick. Then begin to roll out, constantly lifting it up and dusting the icing sugar underneath and on the rolling pin.

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When you think it is big enough (you can measure it if you want to) lift up one side and put the rolling pin underneath so you will be able to lift it up easier.

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Drape it over the cake, make sure all of the cake is covered as much as possible.

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Smooth around the sides with your hands: have your hand slightly 'cupped' and whilst lifting up the marzipan away from the cake slightly with one hand, brush up the cake with the other, this is easier than it is to explain...!

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You should end up with something that looks like this!!
If you get creases in the marzipan, don't worry, they can always be carefully shaved off the cake with a knife after being flattened as much as possible.
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Trim away excess marzipan from the cake, so that the bottom sits flush to the board and the cake. You shouldn't be able to see cake through the marzipan, eg. NO HOLES!! If you do get a hole however, don't panic!!! You should be able to use your fingers and gently press the marzipan together. Use you hands to gently rub over the surface and side(s) of the cake, this will smooth out any tiny bumps and mean that it feels nice and smooth!

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I use smoothers as well, the one with the handle of the top and the totally flat one for the side, however, if you don't have them it doesn't matter.

And there you are!! That's it!!
I hope it was/will be useful!

If you want to cover a cake in sugarpaste/roll out icing, do as follows:

For fruit cakes, follow the steps above to marzipan your cake first, prefably leave it for 24 hours before brushing it over with alcohol such as white rum and then follow the marzipan instructions from kneading the marzipan (icing) and onwards.

For sponge cakes, use buttercream to stick the icing on and then follow the instructions above from keading the marzipan (icing).

I hope this all makes sence, so sorry if not!!

PM me or reply if you have any questions.

Sarah
xxxxxxx

ps. I want to see photos of any efforts....!

15 Replies to The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!

re: The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
By newyorkdollmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue Dec 27, 2005 08:39 PM
This is SO cool! I've seen cakes like this and it's interesting to see how it's done. It looks so good, I wish I had a piece right now. I would love to try this someday (not right now because all the holiday food is going to make me gain 10 pounds as it is!). This is really neat, thanks for posting it. :)
re: The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
By teddo1member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:47 PM
thanks for this information.. i've just started baking A LOT and people have been asking me to make them cakes and this helped me SOOOO much! thank you thank you thank you
re: The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
By teddo1member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Dec 31, 2005 09:32 AM
i was just curious.. i read over the instructions twice and i still can't quite grasp it.. how do you get it without creasing at the end. is it because of the smoother, or do you jsut press it down to get rid of them?

also is it possible to cover the cake in marzipan then put butter icing on it or does that ruin the taste? i'm ust wondering because the marzipan seems like an easier, smoother surface to work with for decorating.. so would it work with icing as well?

sorry i'm very very new to this!
re: The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
By edendancermember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Dec 31, 2005 10:52 AM
I'm sorry, it was hard to explain in writing exactly what to do!

Firstly, the way you smooth the marzipan over the sides of the cake is done in such a way that should leave no creases. After laying the marzipan over the cake, you gently lift up the marzipan which is flapped over the sides and stroke it back towards, sort of up the cake... I hope this makes sense to you. This should limit the amount of creases.

If there are any small ones, you can simply press them into the cake with the smoother, or if necessary, carefully shave them off with a knife. Only do that if you really have to.

Secondly, you would only generally marzipan a fruit cake, with the intention of icing it with either sugarpaste (roll out icing) or Royal icing (the type which is often 'peaked' on Christmas cakes). Generally, butter cream/icing goes straight onto Sponge cakes, left by itself and decorated or covered in sugarpaste/roll out icing for a smoother finish.

I hope that all makes sense, please don't hesitate to ask again if it doesn't!

xxxxxxx
re: The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
By teddo1member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Dec 31, 2005 01:56 PM
thank you so much
that cleared everything up for me!!
re: The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
By abcdefghijklmia
On Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:07 PM
Does this work with fondant?
re: The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
By edendancermember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed Jul 25, 2007 01:25 PM
Fondant as in sugarpaste, yep! It sure does!
re: The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
By thepains
On Tue Jan 13, 2009 06:07 AM
Thanks for posting this...I bake a lot but have always put off covering the cake. Think I will now give it a go :)
Christine
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re: The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
By alanbstardmp
On Fri Jul 31, 2009 06:32 AM
that makes things a little easier I must say. Thanky ou

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By rosalinde
On Mon Jun 14, 2010 03:29 AM
Quite a lot of the pictures are no longer visible. Would it be possible to put them back up? I love baking and I'd love to see the first few images.
re: The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
By Jules15
On Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:39 AM
Your instructions are really good - makes me want to go and bake!
Just thought I'd add, I sometimes marzipan in two stages for royal iced finish ie coat the top of the cake by placing onto rolled out marzipan and cutting round shape of cake then rolling out and cutting a strip of marzipan to go around the sides.

Jules

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re: The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
By Gloxinia
On Thu Apr 07, 2011 08:53 AM
Mouthwatering pictures and great instructions! :)
I didn't actually know that marzipan is used to cover fruitcakes, but that is probably because I never have baked a fruitcake myself! :)
However, have often used marzipan to cover light sponge cakes filled with whipped cream mixed with nuts, chocolate or fruit or all of the above, and using coloured marzipan to make flowers or other shapes and just love the combination of flavours! Arrgh, am on a long term diet so unfortunately I won't be following the urge I have got of starting baking right now! ;)

Lillian x
re: The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
By kathr
On Mon Apr 25, 2011 01:53 AM
Alternatively, the way I marzipan a fruit cake is to roll out a circle or square (depending on the shape!) for the top then a long strip - the width equals the height of the cake and the length is the distance around the cake. I think this is far easier as it eliminates the problem of getting rid of the folds around the sides. I have tried both methods and this one produces a much more even result. Just blend the join where the top and sides meet. Hope this helps.

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