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asked December 4th 2018

Marzipan and icing

Hi everyone,
Having a bit of a panic, baked and now need to decorate a fruit cake for charity. Is it absolutely essential after marzipan stage it is left before doing the icing? How long? I hadn’t factored in waiting between stages so a little worried!
Thank you

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Hi Natalie

If you could wait a couple of days to allow the marzipan to dry you'll get a better decorated finish and also minimise the risk of marzipan oils leeching into the icing. If you don't have a couple of days, roll the marzipan out a little thinner so it crusts over more quickly. Panic over! 🙂

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Thank you for this! I have a day to allow dry time thankfully! How do I store the cakes once marzipan is on them please ? At present I’ve draped tea
towels over them, cake boxes should be arriving in the post later today I assume these are the better way to store while drying?

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Hi Natalie

Yes, cake box is better to ventilate the marzipan dry. Take the tea towel off as that retains moisture. If you have a mesh food umbrella that would be good. Otherwise drape it with a piece of paper towel and pop it in a cool cupboard.

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