Sunday, 16 December 2018

Weekend Baking | Mini Christmas Cakes

For me, Christmas cakes and mince pies are the ultimate festive desserts and each year I make a batch of mini Christmas cakes to give out to family and friends. I bake them in November and keep them safe in tins until mid December when I decorate them, pop them into cellophane bags and wrap them up with bows to give out. They make good little presents but also look pretty on a dessert platter at the table. Read on to check out how to make them...

You Will Need
750g Mixed Dried Fruit
250g Plain Flour
250g Dark Brown Sugar
250g Unsalted Butter
4 Large Eggs
60g Ground Almonds
50g Blanched, Flaked Almonds
50g Glacé Cherries, Chopped
2 Tablespoons Black Treacle
2 Tablespoons Marmalade
3 Teaspoons Christmas Spice
6 Tablespoons Brandy

To Make
1) Firstly I made sure that all my tins were the same size and all washed out and dried properly. Then with the baking paper I cut out two circles for each of the tins, the same size as the tins bases and I cut a big strip of paper two times the height of the tins to wrap around the inside. The first circle went in first covered with a layer of melted butter, then the strip all the way around the inside of the tin, folded over the bottom slightly. Then the second circle over the top with one final layer of butter.

2) Set oven temperature to about 150ºC/300ºF/Gas Mark 2. Beat butter until soft and then add sugar and beat both until the mixture is fluffy and smooth. In a separate bowl, beat all the eggs together and then add gradually to the mixture whilst still beating. Sift in the flour and the Christmas spice. Add ground almonds, black treacle and marmalade and mix together.

3) In a separate bowl add the mixed dried fruit to the glacé cherries and the flaked almonds. If the mixed fruit is clumped together then you can add a tablespoon of flour and mix to break everything up.

4) Add the mixtures together and add the brandy and fold the mixture together until completely combined. Then distribute evenly into the tins. Once they are in the tins make a slight dip in the middle of the mixtures so that the cakes will rise equally.

5) Bake in the oven for around an hour before checking with a skewer. If done, the cake should be an even golden colour and the skewer should come out clean. Leave to cool before taking off all of the baking paper as the cakes could break or loose their shape.

What do you like to bake at Christmas time?



  1. Thanks a lot :D

    hmmm delicious :D

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  2. it seems, its very tasty and amazing little cake. Would love to have.
    Thanks for sharing the beautiful cake.


  3. These mini cakes are so cute, I want to bake them too ;)
    Thanks for the recipe!

    Lots of love ♥ January Girl

  4. Ah these are so cute, they're so neat too!
    Amy xx

  5. How cute are these?! Seriously adorable. I want to try! I'm sure I'll end up eating the batch ;)


  6. Okay now these are completely.... adorable!! Oh my gosh! I often don't like large slices of Christmas Cake and so this is such a fabulous, more manageable version. Great job!! x

  7. This is sooo adorable dear! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica |

  8. You're a pro and these look divine! I want one so badly now :-D


  9. These look absolutely amazing! Have a great week.

    Gemma x

  10. Delicious!

  11. These are so cute.

  12. The idea is super lovely and I'm convinced they are totally yummy!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  13. Delicious!

  14. This recipe looks really easy and the effect is terrific and so festive, I have to try it out as well :D

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