Dessert

Christmas snowflakes

christmas Snowflakes
1 Item
3H

Ingredients

Royal icing (1 quantity)

Method

1.Trim cake. Secure cake to board. Prepare for covering with ready-made icing.
2.Knead ready-made icing on surface dusted with a little cornflour until icing loses its stickiness. Tint three-quarters of the icing blue with colouring.
3.Roll out blue icing on cornfloured surface into 3mm (-inch) thickness. Using rolling pin, lift icing over cake, smooth with hands then smoothing tools. Trim icing neatly around base of cake.
4.Knead remaining white ready- made icing with tylose powder on surface dusted with cornflour until smooth. Roll out on surface dusted with cornflour into 3mm (-inch) thickness. Use cutters to cut out different-sized snowflakes. Place snowflakes on baking-paper-lined tray to dry overnight.
5.Brush a very thin layer of egg white onto tips and around the centres of snowflake shapes, sprinkle sanding sugar over egg white. Stand the snowflakes for about 1 hour to dry.
6.To make royal icing, sift icing sugar through a fine sieve. Lightly beat the egg white into a small bowl until mixture is just broken up (do not whip into peaks). Beat in the icing sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches desired consistency. Using a wooden spoon mix in the lemon juice.
7.Meanwhile, three-quarters fill piping bag with royal icing. Pipe a line of icing all the way around base of cake. Position persian confetti on icing before it dries.
8.Secure snowflakes to cake with royal icing, leave to dry for about 1 hour.

equipment 25cm (10-inch) round wooden cake board Smoothing tools Set of 3 snowflake plunger cutters (small, medium, large) Fine artist’s paint brush Paper piping bag The sanding sugar gives the snowflakes a lovely texture, however, if you can’t find it, don’t worry, the snowflakes look divine without it. Snowflakes can be made months ahead. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Persian confetti is sometimes sold as `snowfall’. A fine dusting of sifted icing sugar added at the last minute adds to the snowy look. Using a fine artist’s paint brush, brush a very thin layer of egg white onto the tips and around the centres of all the snowflakes. Sprinkle the centres and tips of the snowflakes with the sanding sugar, stand the snowflakes for about 1 hour or until they are dry. Pipe royal icing on the back of a snowflake, position on cake; hold large snowflakes for about 5 seconds until they grip the cake. We love the snowflakes on this pretty Christmas cake. Traditionally, we would use a rich fruit cake, but a mud cake would do just as well.

Note

Related stories