“Family are like fruit cake at Christmas…some nutty, some soaked in alcohol, some sweet, but mix them all together and they are the ingredients for a perfect Christmas.”
Sometimes, I just like to bake mini-cakes; great for family gifts.
And…it ensures I don’t eat to much before Christmas!
The pre-soaked fruit smell wonderful, but you can ‘feed’ the cake with more brandy if it’s for adults only!
Line with double layers of parchment paper.
Cream and beat the butter, sugar and treacle.
- 600g mixed dried fruits (raisins, sultanas, currants, cherries, candied mixed peel; pre-soaked in Brandy and Cognac)
- 85g butter, softened
- 75g light soft brown sugar
- 90g plain flour
- 15g ground almonds
- 1/2 tbs treacle
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 35g flaked almonds
- 2 large eggs
Fold in the flour, ground almonds and spices.
Mix in the almonds and the soaked fruit.
Smooth out the cake mixture.
Brown paper packages tied up with strings!
- Pre-heat the oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1.
- Use 10g of butter to grease 2 deep 15cm cake tins with a double layer of baking parchment. Then make a circular double layer lid with a hole in the middle.
- Beat the rest of the butter, sugar and treacle until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
- Fold in the flour, ground almonds, nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Now add the mixed fruit and flaked almonds.
- Tip into your prepared tins and level the top.
- Wrap a double layer of brown paper around the outside of the cake tin, tie with string to secure, then pop on the parchment lid.
- Bake in the bottom of the oven for 2 hrs.
- Test by putting a skewer into the centre of the cake, if clean, the cake is ready.
- Leave the cake to cool in the tins for 1 hour, then move to a wire rack.
- Cover with cling film and tin foil until you are ready to ice and decorate the cake.
Firm to touch, golden and cooked through.
Leave to cool thoroughly.
Turn over for a smooth base and cover with cling film.
I didn’t want this post to be too long, so check out My Mini-Christmas Cake Part 2 for my decorating tips.