Simple Christmas Cake

A “secret” family recipe, baked in Gareth’s grandmother’s cake tin and left to mature for a few weeks prior to decoration (liberally doused with cognac every few days), this traditional Christmas cake was first wrapped in homemade marzipan then covered with thick royal icing. ┬áThe tree was a runout made from coloured royal icing and decorated with tiny stars and piped-on tinsel, topped with a marzipan star.