Couldn't let Christmas pass without a cake update.
I drizzled more of the Bells into the top every week, as per instrucions and finally came to make the marzipan last week. Using Aunty Mike's trusty recipe would have been a great idea, and a wonderful tribute to her amazing simnel cakes, but alas, not only did I forget to use apricot jam to stick the marzipan to the cake (no idea what final consequences this will have, and the annoying thing is that I had a lovely new jar of jam especially for the occasion!) but I also managed to use caster sugar instead of icing sugar!! Don't ask me how, I'd even got a new packet of icing sugar specially - but there you are! So I ended up with a batch of very tasty but very crunchy marzipan, sticking to the cake for dear life:
and finally came the big day for the 'royal' icing. And, with a little help from my friends:
the deed was done . . .
After much discussion we went for the frosty top look
but which little people to put on the top from this aged motley collection?
. . . sorry Santa