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by Adele Bilotta November 25, 2021

Is the thought of making a Christmas cake is too stressful, but you love the idea of decorating a good quality, shop-bought one? Check out this beauty. Topped with sugar frosted red berries, not only is the cake quick and easy to recreate at the last minute, it will also be the stunning centrepiece that you’re craving for your lavish table. 

Go on, give this cake makeover (or should we say, "cake-over") a try!

Ingredients: The Cake

  • 1kg ready-made fruitcake (either one you made earlier or shop-bought)
  • 25ml Kahlua (or any coffee flavoured liqueur)
  • 1 shot of CRU Intense Espresso
  • 500g packet of marzipan
  • 2 tablespoons of gingerbread syrup (See our Gingerbread Latte Syrup recipe.)
  • 400g ready-to-use royal icing
  • Icing sugar for dusting

Method: The Cake

1. Place your fruitcake on a cake board. Use a skewer to puncture the cake with small holes.

2. Pour the Kahlua, gingerbread syrup and shot of Organic Intense Roast to the cake slowly, a few teaspoons at a time, allowing the liquid to be absorbed through the holes before adding more. Leave a little bit of the gingerbread syrup for later.

3. Then, dust your work surface with icing sugar. Place the marzipan on top of the icing sugar and use a rolling pin to roll out the thickness of approximately 3mm.

4. Brush the cake with the remaining gingerbread syrup to make the marzipan stick. Place the marzipan on top of the fruitcake. Use your hands to smooth the sides and the surface. Trim the edges of the marzipan to neaten the look.

5. Use a spatula to spread the royal icing evenly over the marzipan.

6. Decorate with frosted berries, candied fruit, nuts, or whatever else you fancy.


Ingredients: Frosted Berries

  • 1 egg white
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 punnet of red currants

Method: Frosted Berries

  1. Using a small brush, take one branch of red currants at a time and lightly coat with the egg white. Toss carefully in the sugar. Remove from the sugar and place on a wire rack.

  2. Leave in a cool dry place and until dry. Once dry, top your "cake overed" Christmas cake and wait for the compliments to pour in!


Giving this recipe a try & sharing on social? Make sure to tag us @CRUKafe and use the hashtag  #CRUMoments

    Adele Bilotta
    Adele Bilotta

    Birthstone is a coffee bean. Head of Customer Experience and resident American.

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