Gingerbread man party cake

Do you want to bake a delicious and festive cake? Look no further! Our Gingerbread Man Party Cake Recipe is exactly what you need. With our easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll learn how to perfectly decorate a fruit cake with smooth white fondant and marzipan. Once it’s nicely covered, you can add some festive charm to the cake by decorating it with adorable smiling gingerbread men and adorable candy canes. This cake will be the star of any celebration and will delight every palate. Get into the Christmas spirit and try our Gingerbread Man Party Cake today!

Ingredients

  • 1 20 cm wide Christmas cake (see “goes with” recipe)
  • 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
  • 1½ kg ready-to-roll white fondant icing
  • brown and red food coloring
  • edible gold balls
  • 20 cm cake board or cake stand
  • 7cm gingerbread man cookie cutter
  • Pastry bag and thin nozzle or plastic sandwich bag

Preparation steps

  1. Make sure your cake is completely cool, remove it from the tin and peel off the baking paper.
  2. Spread a little frosting on a cake board or cake stand and then turn your cake onto it so that the bottom becomes the top.
  3. On a clean work surface lightly dusted with a little powdered sugar, roll out the marzipan into a circle large enough to cover the cake. Use a piece of kitchen twine to check.
  4. 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.
  5. Cover the cake with the marzipan and smooth it out. Trim the edges.
  6. Spread the marzipan all over with the remaining apricot jam, then roll out 1kg of the fondant icing and cover your cake with the icing using the same method as with the marzipan. Trim the edges.
  7. Divide the remaining icing into 3 equal pieces.
  8. Color one ball of icing bright red and another ball of gingerbread brown.
  9. Cover the frosting tightly with plastic wrap until ready to use.
  10. Roll out the brown icing and cut out 5 gingerbread men using the cookie cutter.
  11. Glue the gingerbread men in a circle onto the cake using a little liquid icing.
  12. Roll your red and white icing into 8-inch sausage shapes, press together, then continue rolling, twisting the sausage as you roll to create a candy cane effect.
  13. Using a piece of string, measure the circumference of the cake base, then cut a candy cane-colored strip long enough to go around the base and adhere it with a little liquid icing.
  14. Roll out the remaining candy cane-colored frosting a little thinner, then cut into 5 short pieces and bend the ends over to form candy canes.
  15. Glue 1 of these between each gingerbread man.
  16. Pour the remaining frosting into a piping bag fitted with a small tip or a sandwich bag and snip off the end. If the glaze is a little runny, thicken it first with additional powdered sugar.
  17. Using the icing, pipe a smiley face, eyes and two dots into the center of each gingerbread man – glue edible gold balls onto the dots to make buttons.

Nutritional Information

kcalfatsaturatescarbohydratesSugarfiberproteinSalt
0 0g 0g 0g 0g 0g 0g 0g

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Gingerbread man party cake

Gingerbread man party cake

Equipment and tools

  • 20 cm cake board or cake stand
  • 7cm gingerbread man cookie cutter
  • Pastry bag and thin nozzle or plastic sandwich bag

Allergen information

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • None

Storage and leftovers

Once prepared, store the gingerbread man party cake in an airtight container at room temperature. It stays fresh for up to 3-4 days.

Health Benefits of Gingerbread Man Party Cake

Not only is the gingerbread man party cake a delicious treat, but it can also provide several health benefits. With its combination of ingredients, this festive cake can provide a range of nutrients and potential benefits for your well-being. Let’s explore some of the health benefits associated with the key ingredients used in this recipe.

Gingerbread

Gingerbread is the main ingredient of this cake and ginger, its main flavoring agent, is known for its health-promoting properties. Ginger is often used to relieve nausea and indigestion, making it a beneficial ingredient for people with stomach problems. In addition, ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that may help reduce inflammation in the body and protect against chronic diseases.

apricot jam

Apricot jam gives the gingerbread man party cake a fruity sweetness. Apricots are a good source of essential nutrients, including vitamins A and C. These vitamins are known for their antioxidant properties, which can strengthen the immune system and protect the body from harmful free radicals. Apricots also contain fiber, which aids digestion and promotes a healthy gut.

marzipan

Marzipan is a confection made from ground almonds and sugar. Almonds are full of nutrients like vitamin E, healthy fats and antioxidants. Vitamin E is known for its role in maintaining healthy skin and protecting cells from damage. The healthy fats in almonds may contribute to heart health by helping to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Fondant icing

The roll-out white fondant icing used to cover the cake not only creates a visually appealing layer, but also offers a potential health benefit. Fondant icing is primarily made up of sugar, and although excessive consumption of added sugar should be avoided, a small amount of fondant icing can serve as a quick source of energy. However, for a balanced diet, it is important to consume sugary treats in moderation.

Food coloring and edible gold balls

The use of food coloring, especially brown and red, gives the gingerbread man party cake its distinctive look. While food coloring itself does not provide any immediate health benefits, it can add visual appeal to the cake and make it more enjoyable to eat. Although the edible gold balls are primarily for decoration, they can add a touch of luxury to the overall presentation.

In summary, the gingerbread man party cake offers both enjoyment and potential health benefits. Incorporating ingredients like ginger, apricot jam, marzipan, and fondant icing, this festive treat can aid digestion, provide essential nutrients, and bring out different flavors. Remember to consume sugary treats in moderation and enjoy the gingerbread man party cake as part of a balanced diet.

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