Santa cake

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  • This wonderfully jolly Santa cake looks very impressive, but it’s actually simple with our step-by-step picture guide. 

    Mary Berry’s traditional Christmas cake recipe makes a wonderful base, although any fruit cake will work. You can always buy white sugar paste and use food dye to get the colours you want, but be sure to wear food-safe gloves if you do. Stick to gel-based dyes rather than liquid to avoid making the sugar paste too sticky. Take your time drawing Santa’s face, as this is the trickiest part.


    • 20cm round basic Christmas cake
    • 5-6 tbsp apricot glaze or sieved apricot jam
    • 750g (1½lb) white marzipan
    • 1kg packet white sugarpaste
    • 250g (8oz) green sugarpaste
    • 250-350g (8-12oz) red sugarpaste
    • 100g (3½oz) flesh-coloured sugarpaste
    • Knob of Trex or White Flora
    • 150g (5oz) black sugarpaste