Friday, 9 December 2011

The icing on the cake!

I've just finished decorating my drunken fruit cake.
You know there is something very satisfying about making the decorations - little marzipan oranges. 
Not only do they look gorgeous, they taste good too.
  I always make extra as some just never seem to make it onto the cake!

To make: simply roll marzipan into cumquat-sized balls. 
Push a toothpick through one end and then carefully roll the ball over a fine grater to create little indentations.
Gently toss in orange colouring (carefully add a drop or 2 of cochineal to yellow colouring) and put onto greaseproof paper to dry.   
Remove the toothpick and replace with a clove.   
Allow to dry for at least 24 hours in a cool dry spot.   
Voilà you have glorious, edible oranges. 
I like to simply add blanched almonds for a rustic look.

© 2011 Francesca Muir


  1. You had me fooled! I adore marzipan at Christmas and always have some...but mine is imported from Germany. Every year I swear I'm going to make my own but never get around to it. Your cake is fabulous!

  2. So clever, Frannie & gorgeous photos & words as always! xx

  3. Please please send us several large slices! Love from the French connection duo!

  4. Hi Francesca, it's nice to meet you. I've been scrolling through your blog. Very lovely! I had to stop and post a quick Yum here! Such a gorgeous and tasty looking cake! Beautifully done with the marzipan! I look forward to your posts!


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