Candle garland cake

Recipe from: 12/1/1999 12:00:00 AM
Ingredients 16
Servings 0


  • 1
    round fruit cake
  • 1
    round cake board
  • 45
    apricot jam
  • 1
  • icing sugar and cornflour for dusting
  • 1
    white ready-;to-;roll icing
  • 6
    whole limes, or small lemons
  • 6
    small round candles
  • 1
    large egg white
  • icing sugar, for mixing
  • piping bag with writing nozzle
  • 1
    length of bright green wired ribbon
  • handful of small bay leaf sprigs
  • several large sprigs of holly
  • wide green ribbon for sides of cake
  • ribbon for edge of cake board


1. Place cake on cake board. Melt jam in a small pan with 15 ml water, then press through a sieve. Brush jam over top and sides of cake. Roll out marzipan on a surface dusted with icing sugar, to a 35 cm round. Lay marzipan over cake and ease to fit around sides, trimming off excess. 2. Roll out ready-to-roll icing and use to cover cake in the same way. Lightly dust the palms of your hands with cornflour and smooth icing over top and sides of cake. 3. Cut a thin slice off the base of one of the limes, so that it sits upright on a flat surface. Cut off about a quarter of the lime from the other side. Using a sharp knife, scoop out the flesh of the lime. You may also need to use a small teaspoon to get right down to the base. Repeat with remaining limes. Invert limes onto several layers of kitchen paper and eave overnight to dry out completely. Place the candles in the lime skins. 4. Beat egg white with enough icing sugar to make a thick paste that just holds its shape. Put in a piping bag fitted with a writing nozzle. Squeeze a dot of icing on the bottom of each lime and arrange on top of the cake, spacing evenly apart. 5. Cut wired ribbon into different lengths and wrap around your finger to make decorative coils. Tuck bay leaf sprigs and holly around limes, securing where necessary with a little piped icing. Finish by loosely arranging ribbon coils around decorations. Secure wider ribbon around sides of cake with a dot of icing. If you like you can secure more ribbon around edges of the cake board to finish.


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