Want to wow your guests this Christmas? Here’s the perfect cake recipe

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Cranberry & Plum Naked Cake by Siúcra & Catherine Fulvio


For the filling
120g frozen or fresh cranberries
5 plums, pitted and sliced
100g Siúcra Rich Brown Sugar
1 orange, zest and juice
50ml water
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
For the cake
150g soft butter
220g Siúcra Caster Sugar
6 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
420g plain flour
2½ tsp baking powder
3 to 4 tbsp water
For the buttercream
200g softened butter
500g Siúcra Icing Sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
50ml milk
For the “drip” effect
200g Siúcra Royal Icing
Blue colour paste
For the trees and carol singers
Siúcra Roll Out Icing Sugar
Siúcra Icing Sugar
Colour paste, green, red, black, yellow, blue
A pair of scissors
Cocktail sticks
25cm cake board

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1. To prepare the filling, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer slowly for 10
minutes, stirring from time to time. Remove the cinnamon and star anise. Set aside to cool
2. To make the cake, preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Brush 2 x 23cm round loose
base tins with butter. Line the base with a circle of parchment.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add each egg in, one at a time.
4. Pour in the orange juice and zest.

5. Fold in the flour and baking powder. Add enough water to form a soft batter.
6. Pour into the pre-lined tins and bake for about 20 to 22 minutes or until cooked. Insert a skewer
into the cake and it should come out clean. Leave in the tins for 15 minutes before transferring
to a cooling rack.
7. To make the buttercream, combine the butter, icing sugar, vanilla and milk into a bowl and
whisk with an electric beater for at least 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Spoon half into a piping
bag without a nozzle.
8. To assemble the cake, which must be cold, slice each cake half in two, place on a cake stand and
pipe buttercream around the edge of the cake. Spoon the cranberry & plum filling inside and
spread over the top, cover with the other cake layer. Repeat until you end with a layer of cake.
9. Spread the buttercream thinly over the sides to give the effect of “naked” ice. Spread a 2cm
layer on the top of the cake and spread it to look like rifts of snow.
10. To pipe the “drip” effect, make the royal icing according to the instructions on the packaging.
Add the blue colouring. Check that the icing will “drip” off the spoon before transferring it into a
piping bag without a nozzle. Snip the tip off and pipe along the edge just enough for it to drip
down the sides.
11. To make the Christmas trees – shape a piece of ready roll icing into a cone shape – you will need
8 different size trees. Insert a cocktail stick in the base. Using your scissors, snip all the way
randomly around the cone to form a tree.
12. Arrange 5 of the trees in a group on top of the cake. The remaining 3 trees can be positioned
around the base of the cake.
13. Making the carol singers – colour pieces of ready roll icing with green, red, black, yellow and
blue colour paste. Wrap them in plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out. Shape 3 small
pairs of boots from the icing. Mould a rounded coloured cone shape for the body (which will be
the coat) and mark a line down the front. Position the body over the boots and secure together
by pressing a cocktail stick right through to the base of the boots so that the carol singer can
stand upright. Mould coloured icing for the arms. In a different colour ready roll icing, mould a
scarf and hat to fit the body. Secure those on with egg white. Roll a little ball of icing for the
head and secure that on the top before adding a hat.
14. Add eyes, mouth and nose to each. Place the carol singers on top of the cake. Dust with a little
icing sugar.


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