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Making decorating a piece of cake!

There’s less than a week until the big day left, so it’s time to crack out the icing pens and cookie cutters and get decorating those Christmas cakes.

Christmas cake decoration

If you’re short of inspiration, Pinterest is a great source of ideas – The Green Apron team lose many hours scrolling through the fabulous Christmas cakes that are posted there. With four of our own to decorate this year – some are gifts, honest! – we rounded up our favourite designs.

Thank your lucky stars

This starry design is one of the easiest and most effective we’ve tried. Simply add your marzipan and a layer of fondant icing then use a cookie cutter to remove the shape of your choice (stars in our case). Brush a small amount of water onto the marzipan and add a layer of sugar balls in gold and silver.

Star Christmas cake

Snowy peaks

If you’re confident making your own royal icing then you can’t beat Mary Berry’s classic Christmas cake. Use the icing to create a snowy effect – no need to make it smooth – and then top with scenic decorations of your choice and a ribbon.

Festive foraging

For something a little different, why not top your cake this year with a selection of dried fruit and herbs? You could try dried orange slices, sugared cranberries, rosemary and gingerbread for something quite colourful.


Whatever you choose, we’d love to see your pictures so make sure to tag our Facebook and Instagram pages.


The Green Apron

You’ll find The Green Apron cooking school in Coggeshall, Essex. We’re focused on creating simple and seasonal dishes that are as natural as they are delicious, so our cooking classes are fun and hands-on and feature no hard-to-get ingredients or complicated equipment. If you’re interested in more baking and cake recipes, our cooking courses have all the inspiration you need.