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12th Night Cake

  • A cake for the NewYear You can make it without baking!

  • It's amazing what you can do with your favourite shop-bought fruit cake, a drop of alcohol and an artistic touch!


    I x9 in/23 cm round or 10 in/25 cm square bought fruit cake
    2-3 tbsp/ 30-45 ml brandy or rum

  • Frosting

  • 6 oz/175g caster sugar
    pinch salt
    egg white
    I tsp/5 ml vanilla essence
    6-8 oz/175-225 g whole
    glace fruits, angelica and silver balls, to decorate


    Prick the top of the cake several times with a skewer and pour over the alcohol.
    Leave 6-12 hours to settle, then place on the cake board.
    Place the frosting ingredients in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Add 2-3 tbsp/30-45 ml water and whisk hard with electric beater for 5-7 minutes, until the mixture is white, glossy, peaky and stiff
    Don't worry if it takes a little longer. Swirl it quickly and softly all over the top and sides of the cake. Before the top sets and forms too much of a crust, decorate the cake with the pieces of glace' fruit, angelica and the silver balls.>br>It will now keep well for several days in a cool dry place, until you're ready to cut it.

  • Serves 10- 8:
    Prep 15mins
    Cook: none
    Equip: cake board

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