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A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY READERS

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Starry Night Christmas Cake 2010

I am seeing stars this year – and am very pleased with the outcome of this year’s cake.  I was inspired by some pretty transparent ribbon with glittery stars and a wired edge, which I have used around the outside of the cake.   The cake, using the basic recipe for our family favourite Special Occasion Rich Fruit Cake, was first covered with a marzipan layer followed by a layer of shop purchased white fondant icing, having previously reserved just enough to cut out the overlapping stars.  (The decision to have a non asymetric design was deliberate, by the way.)  I rolled the marzipan and the icing out between two sheets of cling film which helped avoid sticking.  I used three different sized star cutters and three different types of silver decoration: silver balls (readily available in supermarkets), tiny sugar pearls (Belbake brand, bought in our local Lidl supermarket – I actually hand picked out just the silver ones as they were mixed silver and gold!) and The Sparkle Range Rainbow Dust edible glitter, colour Hologram Silver. This came from a (new to me) local very small specialist shop: Lilac Domino’s, Unit 15, Wood St Indoor Market, Walthamstow, LONDON, E17.  The friendly helpful owner deserves a little plug here – it’s good to support local small businesses!

The ribbon came from one of our many inexpensive £1 – or 99p – shops.  I bought it  last year and got 5 rolls for 50p in the post Christmas sale!  The starry silver and gauze runner used underneath came from the same shop – also a 50p sale item.

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