Chef Snowman Christmas Cake

I thought I’d make a friendly dinasaur cake for my showpiece (part of the requirements for the Patisserie exam) but my grandmother suggested I work on a Christmas theme instead (we’d just made a Christmas cake together).  The idea of a snowman cake popped into my head, based on the fact that plastic icing is as ‘white as snow’ as it is. 

Having no particular detail in mind and no references at hand,  it sure turned out to be a bit of an adventure!  I started with a couple of blobs of plastic icing and one thing led to another so that the snowman evolved into snowmen with snow cake & snow candle on snow blanket on snow cake (ENOUGH!!) … 

If you’d like to make a similar cake, start with a Christmas https://whippingitup.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/my-grandmothers-traditional-christmas-cake/(or other) cake base and cover it with marzipan https://whippingitup.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/how-to-make-marzipan/

Cover your cake with marzipan

 

Roll out your plastic icing (no need to colour) and place over the cake (mine turned out to look like an ice table cloth)

 

Handwork your plastic icing into bodies and heads (I coloured my icing with a touch of blue to create an ice effect) - it doesn't matter what size as long as it is to scale or works for you!

 

Colour some plastic icing for your scarves, eyes, buttons, hats and carrot noses

 

Mould your ice cake (3 rounded layers one on top of the other) and your candle (add a touch of orange on the tip) and then mark the faces to position eyes/noses etc

 

Position the various elements - if moist, the plastic icing pieces will naturally glue together, otherwise use royal icing or edible glue from a baking supplier

 

Colour some more plastic icing, roll and place freely on top of the cake so that it resembles a blanket before placing the rest of the pieces in position

 

Place noses (it's easier if the plastic icing is hard) and whatever else you may think of... don't forget the snowballs!

 

Merry Christmas!

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10 thoughts on “Chef Snowman Christmas Cake

  1. Lana, what is your recipe for “plastic frosting” as you call it? I’ve always found plastic frosting to be completely inedible! Share your wonderful wisdom with us, please.

    1. Plastic icing is bought ready made at bakery supply shops. Roll it out THIN before covering your cake (which you can mould or cut into whatever shape you need) so that you don’t have to eat huge amounts of it. It’s a decorative medium and doesn’t taste bad in small amounts. I also tend to leave it behind on the plate though!

      You could opt for normal icing but plastic icing allows one to do 3 D moulding, in which case, one can take the ‘sculptures’ off the cake before cutting it. It really is great fun to work with once you get the knack of it. Use good quality food colourants so that you don’t end up adding too much liquid colouring (this makes it quite sticky).

      I’ll keep you posted about how to make (delicious?!) plastic icing if I find out how!

    1. Thank you for visiting and for your comment! It makes it seem all the more worthwhile to get feedback from friendly strangers!!

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