How to marzipan baked bean tin Christmas cakes – Pt 2

Your baked bean tin cakes should be nicely fed now so it’s time to get covering them in marzipan. You need to leave at least 24 hours between covering the cake marzipan and icing to allow the marzipan to dry and stop the oils from the marzipan leaching and spoiling the white icing. One of the reasons for covering a fruit cake in marzipan is to act as a foundation for the icing. It’ll help to hide the major lumps and bumps of the cake beneath.

I have been known to make my own marzipan and there is something really delicious about homemade marzipan but this year due to time constraints I went for the shop brought variety which work just as well but can sometimes be a bit sweeter. It really doesn’t matter if you use white marzipan or yellow marzipan.

I use the top and collar method (I don’t know if this is the correct term, but it’s what I call it!) for covering the baked bean tin Christmas cakes as it gives the tidiest result. If you wanted to cover the cake with one piece of marzipan The Pink Whisk has a fabulous tutorial.Just like with lining the mini tins decorating the cakes doesn’t take 1/12 of the time of a 8 inch cake, it still takes more or less just as long.

When doing photos like this I should really stop being lazy and set up the tripod. Trying to brush a cake with my left hand while taking a photo with the other hand isn’t the easiest task! If you want to see more detail on the photo above, click on it.
To cover 1 baked bean tin cake you’ll need:

100g of marzipan

Small amount of apricot jam/glaze

icing sugar

1) Place a blob of glace or royal icing in the middle of the cake board. This will be the glue that sticks your cake to the board.

2) You want your cake to be straight and level. The easiest way to achieve this is to turn your cake upside down as the bottom will provide the flattest top. If need be slice a small amount off the new bottom to help level the cake. Also use small blobs of marzipan to patch any holes in the cake and jack it up from the bottom.

3) Thin a small amount of apricot jam/glaze with freshly boiled water, then brush over the cake. This will help the marzipan stick.

4) Dust the worktop surface with a small amount of icing sugar. Roll out the marzipan until it is about 5mm thick. Cut a round the same size as your cake. Place the round on top of the cake.

5) Using a piece of string measure the circumference of the cake. Roll of strip of marzipan that will wrap neatly around the cake.

6) Stick the marzipan to the side of the cake and smooth the edges together.

7) Allow to dry for a miniumum of 24 hours.

Part 1 How to make your mini Christmas cake

Part 3 How to decorate your Baked Bean Tin Cakes.

Post Author: Jules

Freelance food geek who's passionate about food education.

12 thoughts on “How to marzipan baked bean tin Christmas cakes – Pt 2


    (December 5, 2011 - 9:38 am)

    If you brush your marzipan with gin or vodka and let it dry you can ice the cake the same day.


      (December 5, 2011 - 11:53 am)

      Thank you for that great tip Janilizi. I hadn’t heard of that before. I use gin or vodka to stick fondant to fondant when decorating cakes.

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    (December 6, 2011 - 6:54 am)

    Good point about the length of time it takes to do small things vs big versions. Easy to underestimate. Loving these minis!

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    (October 26, 2012 - 4:26 pm)

    Dont give Jules more opportunity to but booze in her cakes! :)


    (November 7, 2012 - 10:17 pm)

    hello Jules , thankyou for the step by step guide . I hope you dont mind my asking especially as you did this over a year ago now but where did you get the little silver boards from ? My children and I make cheap christmas presents for the children to give their grandparents and i was racking my brains until I came across this great idea.


      (November 7, 2012 - 10:23 pm)

      Hi Jemma, I got the 5inch boards on eBay. Sorry I can’t remember the individual shop name.


    (November 17, 2013 - 2:01 pm)

    Made 24 of these with my Brownies. I am so pleased with how they’ve turned out! They are icing them on Tuesday!


    (August 16, 2014 - 2:53 pm)

    Planning to make a batch of these this year which will be sold at our local hospice. Last year I made some 8 inch square cakes which I cut into four, marzipanned and iced simply. I made 6 inch cake boards from stiff card, that I had saved from packaging, and covered them in foil. The finishing touch was to present them in 6 inch Christmas cake boxes with cellophane window. The boxes worked out about 70p each, I think, from cake shops or eBay, but were well worth it for the professional finish. Some people said they would not really want a big cake so for this year I’ve bought small Christmas boxes meant for a muffin, I think, and they should be fine for these mini cakes on a 4 inch board.

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