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asked October 7th 2020

Decorating a fruit cake

How far in advance can you cover and decorate a fruit cake. Will the sugar paste dry out or go hard. Thank you


Hi Sandra Connelly

Three weeks in advance is a good time. Allow three days for the marzipan to dry so no oils leach into the icing. Then ice; allow a day to form a nice skin before decorating. Some people decorate straight after icing. Personally, I prefer the icing to set first to avoid any accidental damage to the soft surface.
If you are icing a cake board, this can be done weeks in advance.

After decorating, place the cake in its cake box and store in a cool location in your home, away from direct sunlight or other heat sources.

If you need more information, please post back. 🙂


Thank you for your advice.