Rocky Robin cake

Would you like to add an enchanting touch to your Christmas cake? Then the delicious “Rocky Robin Cake” recipe is just right for you! Featuring super cute and incredibly easy to model robins, it’s the perfect opportunity to let your creativity run wild. Whether you’re an experienced baker or a beginner, these robin cake toppers are a surefire hit. The process is easy and fun, allowing you to impress your loved ones with your artistic skills. So gather your ingredients, put on your apron and get ready to bake a cake that will become the centerpiece of your festive celebration!


  • 1 x 20cm round or 18cm square Christmas cake (see “Goes well” below)
  • 4 tablespoons raspberry or apricot jam, warmed and sifted
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • 500g pack of marzipan
  • 1.3kg ready-to-roll white icing
  • brown, green and red food coloring
  • 9 whole cloves
  • black lettering glaze

Preparation steps

  1. Place the cake on a large board or shallow serving plate.
  2. Spread some jam over the cake.
  3. Dust a clean surface with a little powdered sugar.
  4. Roll out the marzipan until it is large enough to cover the cake.
  5. Carefully lift the marzipan onto the cake and smooth it out.
  6. Trim any excess marzipan from the base of the cake.
  7. Spread more jam over the entire cake.
  8. Knead 1 kg of white icing until smooth.
  9. Roll out the white icing on a surface dusted with powdered sugar.
  10. Roll it out until it is slightly larger than the size of the marzipan.
  11. Gently lift the rolled out icing onto the cake.
  12. Partially tap the icing off the sides to smooth and hold it in place.
  13. Let the rest of the icing stick into folds or pull it into shape with your fingers.
  14. Trim off any frayed edges of the icing.
  15. Roll 3 walnut-sized balls from the remaining white icing.
  16. Halve the remaining icing.
  17. Knead brown paint into one half to get a rich color.
  18. Wrap the brown icing well as it will be used for the branch.
  19. Divide the other half of the icing into 3 parts.
  20. Color one part red, one part light brown and one part green.
  21. Cut three marble-sized balls from the red icing and roll each into a teardrop shape for the robin’s breast.
  22. Use a cocktail skewer to add texture to the robin’s breast.
  23. Glue a teardrop-shaped breast onto each robin.
  24. Slightly flatten the base of the ball so the robins stand up.
  25. Divide the light brown icing into 3 balls and roll each into an oval shape.
  26. Pinch one end of each oval shape into a gentle point.
  27. Glue the tip of the oval shape to the robin to form the head.
  28. If necessary, cut off the robin’s tail.
  29. Insert a clove into each brown tip to form a small beak.
  30. Remove the round piece from the end of 6 cloves to leave spiky ends.
  31. Insert the spiky ends into the robins to form feet.
  32. Use black icing to give the robins eyes.
  33. Roll most of the dark brown icing into a long sprig.
  34. Attach the branch to the cake with a little more water or jam.
  35. Roll smaller branches out of the remaining dark brown icing.
  36. Cut leaves from the green icing and attach them to the branches.
  37. Add the robins to the cake.
  38. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

1381 42g 15g 251g 233g 7g 12g 0.86g

Equipment and tools

  • 20cm round or 18cm square Christmas cake
  • 4 tablespoons raspberry or apricot jam, warmed and sifted
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • 500g pack of marzipan
  • 1.3kg ready-to-roll white icing
  • Brown, green and red food coloring
  • 9 whole cloves
  • Black writing glaze

Allergen information

This recipe may contain allergens. Please review the ingredient list and consult a physician if you have any concerns or dietary restrictions.

Storage and leftovers

Store Rocky Robin Cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Leftover cake can be stored in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life. Once refrigerated, enjoy within 2-3 days.

Health Benefits of Rocky Robin Cake

The Rocky Robin Cake, made from a delicious Christmas cake base and decorated with marzipan and icing, not only brings joy and festivity to any celebration, but also offers some surprising health benefits. Let’s explore the nutritional values ​​of the main ingredients of this delicious cake.

1. Raspberry or apricot jam

The recipe calls for 4 tablespoons of raspberry or apricot jam, which provide a fruity taste. Both raspberry and apricot jam contain important vitamins and antioxidants. These nutrients help strengthen the immune system, fight free radicals and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

2. Marzipan

The marzipan used in Rocky Robin Cake not only provides a sweet and nutty taste, but also offers some health benefits. Marzipan is primarily made from ground almonds, which are a rich source of healthy fats, proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Almonds have been linked to improved heart health, lower cholesterol, and better brain function.

3. Finished white icing

The rollable white icing that covers the cake creates a smooth and elegant finish. While the glaze is primarily used for decorative purposes, it also adds an extra sweetness to the cake. However, it is important to consume frosting in moderation as it contains a lot of sugar and calories.

4. Food coloring

The Rocky Robin Cake can be decorated with brown, green and red food coloring to create a festive and visually appealing robin design. When food coloring is used in moderate amounts, there are generally no significant health benefits or risks to the cake.

5. Cloves

The recipe suggests using 9 whole cloves as a decoration element for the Rocky Robin Cake. Cloves are known for their antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also known to aid digestion and promote oral health.

6. Write icing

The black glaze is usually used to add intricate detail to the robin design. Although it adds a visually appealing touch, writing icing has no significant health benefits.

So next time you treat yourself to a slice of Rocky Robin Cake, remember that in addition to being a celebratory treat, it also contains some ingredients that provide nutritional benefits. Just make sure you enjoy it in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.

Watch the video below to learn how to make a cake with marzipan:

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