Christmas wreath cake

Make your Christmas even more beautiful with our irresistible Christmas wreath cake. This festive treat is not only delicious but also a feast for the eyes! Our recipe takes a single fruit cake and allows you to transform it into two stunning cakes. The first masterpiece is a beautifully decorated holly ring covered in smooth fondant icing that is sure to impress your guests. Don’t forget to check out our Pairings section for the second delicious recipe! Spread joy and let yourself be enchanted by the magic of Christmas with this heavenly creation.


  • 1 20 cm wide Christmas cake (see “Suitable”)
  • 200g icing sugar mixed with enough water to create a smooth, runny icing, plus a little extra for rolling
  • 4 tbsp apricot jam
  • 500g pack of marzipan
  • 750g royal powdered sugar
  • green food coloring
  • 750g ready to roll, white fondant icing
  • 8cm round cookie cutter (optional)
  • 20 cm round cake board or cake stand
  • Holly cookie cutters in various sizes
  • red ribbon

Preparation steps

  1. Make sure the cake has cooled completely, remove it from the tin and peel off the baking paper.
  2. Using an 8cm round cutter, cut a hole in the center of the cake and press down as far as possible.
  3. Cut all the way down with a small, sharp knife.
  4. Carefully remove the center by lifting the cake and pushing the smaller cake up through the center (you may need to have someone help you with this).
  5. Save the smaller cake for decorating and giving as gifts (see “Matches”).
  6. Spread some liquid icing around the edges of a cake board or place the large cake on it and turn it over.
  7. On a clean surface dusted with powdered sugar, roll out 100 g of marzipan into a long rectangular strip measuring approximately 8 x 20 cm.
  8. Trim the edges and then use this piece to fill the center hole of the cake.
  9. Trim off any excess material.
  10. Roll out the remaining marzipan into a circle large enough to cover the cake. Use a piece of kitchen twine to check.
  11. Melt the apricot jam in a small saucepan with 1 tablespoon of water, then sieve through a sieve and spread a little on the cake.
  12. Cover the cake with marzipan and cut off any excess marzipan at the bottom and in the middle.
  13. In a large bowl, mix the royal powdered sugar with enough water to create a thick, spreadable icing.
  14. Use food coloring to give it a rich leafy green color.
  15. Quickly spread the icing all over the cake. Don’t worry about being too careful or most of the frosting will be covered.
  16. Break the fondant icing into two clumps and color them different shades of green.
  17. Roll out the icing and use the cutters to cut out lots of holly shapes.
  18. Use some liquid icing as glue to attach the holly leaves to the top of the cake.
  19. Attach a large red bow at the top to complete the look.

Nutritional Information

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Equipment and tools

To successfully bake a Christmas wreath cake, you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • 20cm round cake
  • 500g pack of marzipan
  • 750g royal powdered sugar
  • Green food coloring
  • 750g ready to roll, white fondant icing
  • 8cm round cookie cutter (optional)
  • 20 cm round cake board or cake stand
  • Holly cookie cutters in various sizes
  • red ribbon

Allergen information

The Christmas wreath cake recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Marzipan: Contains nuts (almonds)

Storage and leftovers

Once the Christmas wreath cake is ready, it is important to store it properly and handle any leftovers appropriately. Here are some tips:

  • Store the cake in an airtight container or wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it fresh.
  • Leftover cake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Before serving leftover cake, check for any signs of spoilage or mold.
  • If the cake gets dry, you can brush it with a simple syrup or decorate it with additional frosting to freshen up the flavors.

Health Benefits of Christmas Wreath Cake

The Christmas wreath cake is not only a delicious holiday treat, but also offers numerous health benefits due to its ingredients. Let’s take a closer look at the nutritional value of this delicious dessert.

1. Christmas cake

Christmas cake usually contains a variety of healthy ingredients such as dried fruits, nuts and spices. Dried fruits are a rich source of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. Packed with essential minerals like potassium and iron, these fruits contribute to better digestion and overall heart health.

2. Apricot jam

Apricot jam gives the Christmas wreath cake a special flavor. Apricots are rich in vitamins A and C, both of which are essential for boosting your immune system and promoting healthy skin. They also provide a good amount of fiber, potassium and antioxidants.

3. Marzipan

The marzipan layer in the Christmas wreath cake consists of ground almonds, sugar and egg white. Almonds are a great source of healthy fats, protein and fiber. They’re also packed with vitamin E, magnesium and antioxidants, which can help lower cholesterol and promote a healthy heart.

4. Royal icing

The royal icing used to decorate the Christmas wreath cake ensures a sweet and crunchy texture. Although it should be consumed in moderation due to its high sugar content, royal icing contains no trans fats or cholesterol.

5. Fondant icing

The fondant icing gives the Christmas wreath cake a smooth and visually appealing finish. Although fondant contains sugar, it is usually consumed in small amounts. The primary health benefit lies in its decorative aspect, which makes the cake more visually appealing and tempting.

6. Holly Cutters

The holly-shaped cookie cutters used to create decorative elements on the wreath cake may not have any direct health benefits, but they do add a festive touch to the dessert. Celebrating themed occasions such as Christmas increases emotional well-being and promotes a sense of community and joy.

7. Red Ribbon

Although the red ribbon used to decorate the Christmas wreath cake has no nutritional value, it adds to the festive aesthetic and enhances the overall appeal of the dessert.

So treat yourself to the delicious Christmas wreath cake and reap its numerous health benefits at the same time. Remember to enjoy it in moderation as part of a balanced diet, especially during the holidays!

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