A really cheery Santa
An easy alternative to the traditional Christmas cake
This jolly Santa looks much more fun on the festival table than the usual snow scene. Make a sack for him full of tiny presents or sweets.
fruit cake cooked in a 3½ pint/2 litre pudding basin
jam, for sticking
icing sugar, for rolling
1½ lb/700 g fondant
red and blue food
8 oz/225 g royal icing
1 liquorice whirl
Spread doughnuts with
jam and stick together
Roll out a quarter of icing
Wrap around and tuck under
doughnuts to make head.
Colour nearly all remaining
fondant red, saving a
small white piece for gloves.
Cover cake with red fondant, and neaten under base.
Stick head to body.
With no 2 nozzle, pipe eyebrows, hair, beard
and moustache with royal icing.
Make nose and mouth from red fondant and paint eyes and cheeks.
Roll out a wide strip of red fondant and drape it
over head to make hood. Pinch hood together at back.
Mould two red arms and white gloves and stick to body. With shell nozzle pipe trimming on coat and hood. Unroll liquorice for belt and stick to body with royal icing.
Planning:Start the day before
Equip:Cake board, piping bag with a no. 2 nozzle, rubber bloves