Mini Christmas cakes

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    This recipe makes enough for 24 luxurious mini fruit cakes. They really do make a thoughtful Christmas gift for neighbours, work colleagues or teachers, or as part of a gift basket. You can decorate them differently by making one for each family member which makes it a lot more fun.


    County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
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    Makes: 24 mini Christmas cakes

    • For the cake
    • 450g currants
    • 225g raisins
    • 175g sultanas
    • 75g red glace cherries, roughly chopped
    • 250ml brandy
    • grated rind of 1 large orange
    • grated rind of 1 large lemon
    • 250g butter, slighty softened
    • 250g brown sugar
    • 3 large eggs, beaten
    • 1 or 2 tablespoons treacle
    • 100g chopped almonds
    • 75g self raising flour
    • 150g plain flour
    • 60g ground almonds
    • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
    • To decorate
    • 6 tablespoons apricot or redcurrant jam
    • 250g marzipan
    • 450g ready to roll icing
    • Coloured sugar

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Extra time:2days soaking  ›  Ready in:2days2hr 

    1. Place the raisins, currants, sultanas and glace cherries in a tubberware container. Pour over brandy and stir in orange and lemon rind. Cover and set aside for 2 or 3 days to soak. Stir or give it a shake every so often (if you remember).
    2. When you are ready to make the cakes: Preheat the oven to 140 C / Gas 1. Line a tray with 24 mini paper cake cases or lightly grease 24 ramekins.
    3. Beat the butter and sugar until well mixed and light in colour. Add the beaten eggs and treacle. Stir in chopped almonds, self raising flour, plain flour, ground almonds and mixed spice. Fold in the soaked fruit. Spoon mixture into the prepared cases or ramekins.
    4. Bake in the centre of preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the mini cakes comes out clean.
    5. Set mini cakes aside to cool in their paper cases. Store in airtight tins or wrap them tightly in greaseproof paper and foil and freeze them. Wait at least a week or 10 days before removing paper and decorating.
    6. To decorate: Brush each cake with warm jam and let cool. Roll out marzipan between 2 sheets of clingfilm. Use a biscuit or cookie cutter to stamp out circles of marzipan the same diameter as the cakes. Arrange a marzipan disc on top of the jam on each mini fruit cake. For best results, store in an airtight tin or container overnight before finishing the final decoration.
    7. Roll out ready to roll fondant between 2 sheets of clingfilm. Use a crimped cookie cutter to stamp out 24 circles. Arrange each one on top of a mini cake. Decorate with more coloured fondant shapes such as snowflakes, holly leaves or stars. Sprinkle coloured sugar for extra colour, if needed.
    8. Place each cake in a cellophane bag and tie with ribbon.


    Mini Christmas cakes
    Mini Christmas cakes

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    These were so much easier than I thought they'd be. Gorgeous! Thank you  -  22 Dec 2012


     -  06 Jan 2013