Nothing says Christmas more than a Nativity scene and this impressive Nativity cake is one for sharing during the festive period. It’s easy to make when you follow our step-by-step recipe.
Make this cake in advance so your fondant cake decorations have plenty of time to set before you show off your creation to your friends and family.
- 5 inch cake covered in marzipan or ganache
- 500g ready to roll fondant
- 40g white modelling paste
- 25g blue modelling paste
- 65g brown modelling paste
- 5g dark brown modelling paste
- 20g light brown modelling paste
- 20g yellow modelling paste
- 10g black fondant
- 25g skin tone modelling paste
- Black sugar pearls
- 2tbsps royal icing sugar with a few drops of water
- 1tbsp apricot jam
- Paprika petal dust
- White alcohol, for painting
Use cocktail sticks but if you have them wooden skewers would be better. Use the royal icing to glue the sticks/skewers to the back of the stable. If you have the wooden skewers, cut them to the full length of the side panels for extra stability.
Use the remainder of the royal icing to stick your cake to the board.
Cover the cake and smooth upwards with the palm of your hands. This stops it tearing on the edge of the cake.
Cut the excess off with a pizza wheel. Make sure you cut it a little large than the edge as it’s really easy to cut it too small.
You can also use these to cut the little extra around the bottom of the cake too. Use the off cuts to cut the mountains. Roll and cut hill like shapes with a sharp knife.
Stick the mountains on with a brush of water and then draw more hills in the background with the messing wheel. Using the petal dust in a drop of white alcohol, paint the ridges of the hills in the background.
Using the black fondant, cut little windows for the houses and stick them on with a dot of water.
For the Joseph's beard, cut a 3cm circle and cut it in half. Cut a small opening on the centre of the straight edge and pull the paste down slight to create a mouth. Stick to the beard on to Joseph's head with a brush of water.
To make both headdress, roll 7g of light brown paste into a sausage shape and the roll out flat. Drape it over Mary/Joseph's head securing with a brush of water at the top of the head and at the waist.
To make the manger, mould a small rectangle of white modelling paste and add a wooden trim around the outside. For the hay, pop the yellow paste into a garlic press and trim, adding it to the top of the manger.