I thought you might like to see how my house shaped Christmas cake turned out.
I had some elaborate sugarcraft plans but my wrist is too sore for intricate piping as all of that knitting and sewing has led to a bit of a tendonitis flare up. However, keeping the cake simple turned out pretty well because I ended up using only things that I already had at home so the entire cake cost absolutely nothing to make - a frugal triumph!
I decided that the cake would look more house-like if it wasn't iced all over so I only did the roof. There's a layer of marzipan (because it's just not Christmas cake without marzipan) and then I layered up pieces of white fondant icing which I edged with some of those patterned scissors (little tip: I found that if you hold the icing piece vertically, it doesn't rip from the gravity whilst you cut).
I'm pleased with it and I think this might just be a hit with Cameron this year - he normally ignores the Christmas cake until all other sugar has disappeared from the house!
In case you haven't been following along, the Christmas cake recipe is for a smaller, lighter cake and the house shape was achieved with a vintage house shaped cake tin I was lucky enough to find last year.
More Christmas cakes and ideas.
How are you decorating your cake this year?