Cheat's Christmas Cake…

Want to cheat at making a Christmas Cake?

Preparation – 30 minutes
Cooking time – 10 minutes

Serves – 8


  • 1 x shop-bought rich fruit cake
  • Vegetable oil
  • 150g boiled fruit sweets
  • 1 x 500g Tate & Lyle Royal Icing Sugar, sifted
  • 5 tbsp. water
  • Edible glitter


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. 
  2. Put the cake on a board and wrap some ribbon around the edge of the cake.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush lightly with oil. 
  4. Unwrap the boiled sweets and put them on the baking sheet. 
  5. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes until they have melted and run into each other. 
  6. Let cool on the foil, then lift off and snip the pieces into shards.
  7. Mix the Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar and water together and whisk for 10 minutes.
  8. Using a small palette knife spread the icing over the top of the cake, flicking it into small peaks as you go. 
  9. Then tease the edges of the icing down the sides to form icicles.
  10. While the icing is still soft, push the coloured sugar shards into the icing. 
  11. Leave the cake to dry, sprinkle with edible glitter, then serve.

Recipe and photo credits- Tate & Lyle


Hi, I am Claire and I created Claire Justine in 2011. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them. Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us.



  1. Judy Haughton-James
    December 8, 2013 / 6:50 pm

    Wow! Yummy cakes Claire. I could do with a slice for dessert!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      December 9, 2013 / 6:01 am

      Thanks for the comment Judy 🙂

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