Q&A: Icing SOS

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I need some Icing advice please (and am a complete cake decorating novice!!)

I’m making a Christmas cake for my dad and want it to look pretty and snowy with little gingerbread houses around the sides and ‘peaks’ of snow on top. Normally when I make a Christmas cake I do a layer of marzipan, then use fondant icing to make it smooth so this is all completely different.

My question is should and could I still use the fondant icing all over the marzipan and then just add royal icing (mixed with some glycerine I guess from what I have read) on top to look like snow or do I need to ice the whole cake with royal icing?

I really appreciate any advice you can give

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Yes, you can use the decorations on top of fondant. You could even make little hills out of additional fondant and cover them with sanding sugar for sparkle.

-- Sugar Sugar by SSmiley

Personally I think making the mounds of snow would be easier with buttercream. If you make buttercream quite stiff, you can plop on top of the fondant. Then let icing sit for a bit, take a spoon or flat knife gently stir and pull up. Should leave peaks. I’ve then spread out royal icing in white and pale blue, let royal dry hard. Crush, the royal icing and sprinkle over mounds of buttercream snow. Gives a lovely snowy affect.

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