Gingerbread man cake

Gingerbread man cake

Bake and Decorate
40 slices
Laura Edwards

A great classic Christmas cake for all the family; there's always someone who doesn’t like fruit cake, so they can eat the gingerbread men!


Quantity Ingredient
1 Rich tamarind fruit cake
1/2 batch Gingerbread biscuits, dough only
4 tablespoons apricot jam, warmed and sieved
1kg Marzipan
icing sugar, to dust
1kg sugarpaste
6 cm gingerbread man cutter
9 cm gingerbread man cutter
6 cocktail sticks
30g black royal icing
30g red royal icing
60g white royal icing
bag mini chocolate beans
1 tablespoon brandy
or 1 tablespoon water, boiling


  1. Turn the cake upside down on to a cake stand. A dab of apricot jam will stop it moving around. If there are any holes or the cake is a dodgy shape, correct it now with little bits of marzipan. Once you are happy, brush all over with jam. Knead the marzipan until pliable. Dust a work surface with icing sugar and, using a little more on the rolling pin, roll the marzipan into a rough circle slightly larger than the top and sides of the cake and about 5 mm thick. Lift on to the cake, smoothing all over, and cut off any excess. Leave overnight to firm up.
  2. Brush the marzipan with the brandy and, on a clean, flat surface, knead the sugarpaste until pliable. Dust the work surface and rolling pin with icing sugar and roll out the sugarpaste in a rough circle about 5 mm thick and slightly larger than the diameter of the cake and sides. Lift the sugarpaste with your hands (or loosely wrap it around the rolling pin) and place it over the cake. Gently smooth with your hands and cut away any excess. Leave overnight to harden.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Roll the gingerbread dough out to 4 mm thick and cut out 12 large and 12 small men. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment and lay out the shapes; smaller on 1 tray (they take less time to bake) and larger on the other. Press 2 cocktail sticks on to the backs of the legs of 3 smaller men so they will stand up later. Bake for 8–15 minutes, depending on size. The gingerbread will darken. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Pipe black eyes and red mouths on the large men and stick on red mini bean noses. Pipe black eyes and red noses and mouths on the small. Stick 3 buttons on the large men and 2 on the small. Surround the cake with the larger men, propped against it, dabbing their heads with a little royal icing to adhere. Carefully position the 3 men on sticks on the top of the cake. You will have 9 little men left over to serve separately.
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