I'm a working mum, right? So I don't call what I've done, cheating. More like thinking smart. Here's my Christmas cake: I bought the fruit-cake, marzipan and icing. And assembled them. A very quick way of making a Christmas cake!
If you're a student, you may not be thinking of buying or making a Christmas cake. However, should you feel tempted, this does at least save lots of time and effort. You do need a rolling pin, a bit of icing sugar, and a small quantity of marmalade or apricot jam to make the marzipan adhere to the cake.