15 Replies to The "how to" of covering a cake in marzipan or icing!
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!
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!
that cleared everything up for me!!
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Removed by TheMidlakeMuse (78507) on 2009-07-31 08:36:21 star farming
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.
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Removed by hummingbird (128773) on 2010-12-29 10:32:32 Star farming
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!
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