To stick the marzipan to the cake I use an apricot glaze - 2 parts water to 1 part apricot jam, brought to a boil before simmering the jam and water until it starts to thicken. Take it off the heat and strain it through a sieve and spread onto cake before coating with the marzipan.
I realise this is a pretty photo heavy blog post, and you're probably wondering where's the recipe. I'm in a dilemma about whether to post it or not! It's my Mum's recipe but I don't know where she got it from - I've adapted it a bit to be a 'Hannah' version but still it wasn't truly mine... I'd love to know - do you share your traditional family recipes!?
I'd love to see your Christmas Cakes if you made one (or more!) this year... What traditions surround your cakes?!