Mini Christmas Cakes - Style 2

Mini Christmas Cakes - Style 2

Mini Christmas Cakes - Style 2

Ingredients
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Treat loved ones with one of these deliciously moist and fruity mini Christmas cakes. Simply divide the mixture into four and decorate these mini cakes for beautiful festive treats for friends and family.
Ingredients
  • 275 gram (10 ounce) butter, softened

  • 225 gram (8 ounce) soft brown sugar

  • 6 medium eggs, beaten

  • 275 gram (10 ounce) plain flour, sifted

  • 2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

  • 2 teaspoon Ground Ginger

  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon Ground

  • 1 teaspoon Mixed Spice

  • 100 gram (4 ounce) ground almonds

  • 350 gram (12 ounce) currants

  • 350 gram (12 ounce) raisins

  • 350 gram (12 ounce) sultanas

  • 175 gram (6 ounce) glace cherries, chopped

  • 175 gram (6 ounce) mixed peel, chopped

  • 50 gram (2 ounce) almonds, roughly chopped

  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

  • 6 tablespoons brandy

  • 1 jar apricot jam

  • 900 gram (2 pounds) marzipan

  • 900 gram fondant icing

Key Products
Ground Nutmeg

Product Information

£ 1.75/unit,32g
Ground Ginger

Product Information

£ 1.70/unit,26g
Cinnamon Ground

Product Information

£ 1.70/unit,32g
Mixed Spice

Product Information

£ 1.70/unit,28g

Instructions

  • 1 Pre-heat the oven to 170°C, 325°F, Gas Mark 3. Grease and double line the base and sides of a 18cm (7") loose bottomed square cake tin.
  • 2 Cream the butter and sugar together until pale. Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little of the flour if necessary. Sift the remaining flour and spices together and fold into the mixture. Stir in the remaining dry ingredients and lemon and spoon into the prepared tin.
  • 3 Smooth the surface of the cake and then make a dip in the centre. Take a strip of brown wrapping paper and wrap around the cake to form a collar. Secure with string and bake the cake in the oven for 1 hour.
  • 4 Reduce the temperature to 140°C, 275°F, Gas Mark 1. Bake for a further 2½-3 hours. Cover the cake with greaseproof paper to prevent the top from over browning, if necessary.
  • 5 Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly before turning out of the tin. Peel away the lining paper and prick the base with a skewer. Pour the brandy over and then wrap in greaseproof paper and foil and store in an airtight container until ready to decorate.
  • 6 When ready to decorate, carefully cut the cake into 4 even squares. Brush the individual cakes with warmed, sieved apricot jam and cover each with marzipan. Knead the fondant icing into 4 even balls and roll out each onto a lightly icing sugar covered surface. Brush the marzipan with a little brandy and lift the icing over each cake. Smooth well and trim each of the bases.
  • 7 Decorate each cake with ribbon and baubles. Each cake makes a fantastic gift.
  • 8 We recommend baking your Christmas cake in November and then storing until 1-2 weeks before Christmas, when you can decorate it. Remember that after decorating you should store the individual cakes in a non-airtight container to prevent the icing from going soggy.

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