Snowman in the garden cake

Surprise the kids with something irresistible or let them join in – either way they will love this magical cake. The Snowman in the Garden Cake is not only a delicious treat but also a stunning centerpiece that will turn heads. Its soft and moist layers are filled with a delicious cream cheese frosting, creating a combination made in heaven. With a playful snowman design made from marshmallows and colorful candies, this cake brings joy and excitement to any winter celebration. Whether for a birthday, holiday celebration or simply as a sweet treat, this enchanting cake will create memories that will last a lifetime.

Ingredients

  • 20cm fruit cake, see Goes with it
  • 23 or 25 cm round, thick cake board
  • 5 tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved
  • 500g natural marzipan
  • 100g white, ready-to-roll icing
  • 100g white, ready-to-roll icing
  • 1 egg white
  • 200g powdered sugar
  • green food coloring
  • 6 gingerbread trees, see link below
  • small black icing tube (Supercook, available at Tesco)
  • small orange candies, for example a Tic-Tac or an Orange Hundred Thousand, for the nose
  • 30cm thin colored ribbon
  • 1 m x 1½ cm ribbon for the base

Tip

Icing ahead
Cake can be frozen up to a week in advance. If you are eating decorations, keep the gingerbread trees in their containers and add them to the cake on the day.

Preparation steps

  1. Cover the cake with jam, marzipan and ready-to-roll icing, spreading the icing all the way to the edge of the board.
  2. Roll out several marble-sized balls of the 100 g ready-to-roll icing into snowballs and set aside.
  3. Roll two larger balls, one slightly larger than the other, to form the snowman’s head and body. Allow to dry for at least 30 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, glaze the gingerbread trees.
  5. Mix the egg whites with the powdered sugar to form a smooth paste.
  6. Pour about a third of the glaze into another bowl.
  7. Mix in a drop of green paint and a few drops of water to create a liquid, light green glaze.
  8. Spread the green icing on three gingerbread trees and let them dry.
  9. Pour another third of the icing into a piping bag fitted with a fine tip.
  10. Sprinkle coarse, pine-like branches over the remaining trees.
  11. As soon as the green ice trees have dried, stick branches over them.
  12. When the icing has set, secure the trees onto the cake and around the edge using patches of the remaining thick royal icing.
  13. Place the smaller snowballs around and on top of the cake.
  14. Place eyes and a mouth on the snowman’s head and insert the nose.
  15. Attach the snowman’s head with a little more frosting and position it on the cake.
  16. Using the shorter piece of ribbon, carefully tie a ribbon scarf around the snowman’s neck. Start with too much tape and cut it off with scissors.
  17. Finally, attach the ribbon around the bottom of the cake and secure it with double-sided tape.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

For the snowman in the garden cake you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • 20cm fruit cake
  • 23 or 25 cm round, thick cake board
  • 5 tbsp apricot jam, warmed and sieved
  • 500g natural marzipan
  • 100g white, ready-to-roll icing
  • 100g white, ready-to-roll icing
  • 1 egg white
  • 200g powdered sugar
  • green food coloring
  • 6 gingerbread trees (see link below)
  • small black icing tube (Supercook, available at Tesco)
  • small orange candies, for example a Tic-Tac or an Orange Hundred Thousand, for the nose
  • 30cm thin colored ribbon
  • 1 m x 1½ cm ribbon for the base

Allergen information

The “Snowman in the Garden” cake may contain the following allergens:

  • apricot jam
  • marzipan
  • powdered sugar
  • Finished icing
  • Gingerbread trees

Storage and leftovers

After making the Snowman in the Garden Cake, follow these guidelines for storage and leftovers:

  • Cake can be frozen up to a week in advance.
  • If you are eating decorations, keep the gingerbread trees in their containers and add them to the cake on the day.

Health Benefits of Snowman in the Garden Cake

The Snowman in the Garden Cake may be a delicious dessert that brings winter joy, but did you know that it also comes with some surprising health benefits? Although this cake is undoubtedly delicious, it contains ingredients that provide various nutrients and potentially have positive effects on our well-being.

1. Fruit cake

The base of the Snowman in the Garden Cake is a 20cm fruit cake. Fruit cakes are generally made from dried fruits and nuts and contain a significant amount of fiber. Fiber is essential for maintaining a healthy digestive system and preventing constipation. It can also help regulate blood sugar levels and aid weight management.

2. Apricot jam

The recipe calls for 5 tablespoons of warmed and sifted apricot jam. Apricots are a rich source of vitamins A and C, which are essential for boosting the immune system and overall skin health. In addition, apricot jam adds a natural sweetness to the cake without the need for excessive amounts of refined sugar.

3. Marzipan

With 500g of natural marzipan, the Snowman in the Garden Cake features a delicious almond flavored layer. Almonds are known for their high content of healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants. They are associated with lowering LDL cholesterol levels, promoting heart health, and helping with weight control.

4. Gingerbread trees

The recipe suggests adding gingerbread trees as decoration. Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for centuries to relieve digestive discomfort, nausea and even muscle pain. By using gingerbread trees, you not only improve the visual appeal of the cake, but also add a hint of potential health benefits.

5. Decorating Tips

Although the Snowman in the Garden Cake is a feast for the eyes, it is important to note that some of the decorative elements may not be suitable for consumption. If you plan to eat the gingerbread trees, you should store them separately and add them to the cake the day they are served to ensure their freshness and flavor.

Remember to enjoy this delicious Snowman in the Garden Cake in moderation as it is still a dessert. By adding ingredients like fruit cake, apricot jam, marzipan, and gingerbread trees, you can indulge in this festive treat and potentially enjoy unexpected health benefits in the process.

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