Mini Christmas Cakes

  • Total Time

    1h 20m
    • Prep Time

      20m
    • Bake Time

      1h 0m
  • Serves

    4


These mini Christmas cakes are ideal for Christmas lovers who enjoy indulging in a slice of Christmas cake but never quite finish the whole thing. You can get the same Christmas flavour from these dainty mini cakes. Alternatively they make wonderful homemade Christmas gifts for friends or neighbours.

Method

  1. Line the base and sides of four baked bean tins (small 415g, empty, cleaned) with two layers of non stick baking paper. Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4).

  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.

  3. Add one egg and beat until mixed. Add the other egg with a tablespoon of flour and beat again.

  4. Stir in the rest of the flour, the luxury dried mixed fruit and stem ginger.

  5. Divide the cake mixture between the tins and level the tops.

  6. Bake for 1 hour. Leave to cool in the tins for 15 minutes then remove from the tins and finish cooling on a wire rack.

  7. Trim the tops of the cakes with a sharp knife to make the tops flat. Roll out enough marzipan to cover each of the cake. Heat the jam and brush on the tops of the cakes. Position the marzipan in place to stick.

  8. Roll out the white sugar paste icing the same size as each cake. Brush the marizpan with cooled boiled water and then layer with the sugar paste icing. Use a small knife to trim off excess icing from around the edges and wrap ribbon around the base. This can be secured in place with a small dab of royal icing.

  9. Decorate each cake with edible Christmas decorations and box up nicely if gifting.

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Reviews

  1. 4 star rating

    Hi can I make these in a muffin tray if so what would the ingredients work out to 😊
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    Hello,

    These really need to be made in a tin to keep the shape of the cake, otherwise they would spread out when baked.

    Happy Baking!

  2. 5 star rating

    The stem ginger is that a tsp, tbsp or an actual piece of it. Do you cut it up ??
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    Hello,

    Yes it's one whole piece of stem ginger chopped up,

    Happy Baking!

  3. 5 star rating

    I also would like to make 7inch cake and add booze.
    Was looking to start it this weekend. Someone said feed it every 3 days with alcohol.
    How much alcohol and what do you wrap it in ?
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    Hello,

    Yes after step 6 you can put in an airtight container. I would double wrap the cakes and then feed (no more than 4 times) over a couple of months. Securely wrapping the cakes after each feed.
    Hope this helps,
    Happy Baking!

  4. 5 star rating

    Hello. Can I use tinned tomato tins instead of baked bean tins?
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    Hello,

    Yes any tin that is 415g.

    Happy Baking!

  5. 5 star rating

    Did you cut the cake in half when cooked? The cakes in the photo look half the size of a 420g tin. Looks more like 200g tin size. The cake would be tall coming from 420g tin.
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    Hello,

    We didn't cut the cake in half. We use a 415g tin, the cakes do not fill the tin, once lined will easily come out of the tins once baked.
    Hope this helps
    Happy Baking!

  6. 5 star rating

    I have made these as gifts this year, and look and smell amazing. I would like to know how long the icing lasts, as I would like to ice as soon as possible. Thanks
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    Hello,

    Unfortunately icing does start to dry out when exposed to air. I wouldn't ice your cakes until 2-3 weeks before you want to eat them. I would also store in airtight containers once iced.

    Happy Baking!

  7. 3 star rating

    Please can you clarify tin size? Small baked bean tins are about 200g, long thin ones are 415g. Thanks
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    Hello,

    It is the 415g tin,

    Happy Baking!

  8. 3 star rating

    You have said small baked bean cans (415g) but the small baked bean cans I can find are about 200g and 415g is the long thin cans. Did you mistake the size in grams or am I misunderstanding?
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    Hello,

    It is the 415g tin,

    Happy Baking!

  9. 5 star rating

    If i made it up as one small cake what size round tin would I need?
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    Hello,

    It would make a small cake, I would try a 6"/7" round cake tin.

    Happy Baking!

  10. 5 star rating

    Hi there I’d really like to know what size these come out when cooked? I am looking for the right size boxes to fit around then to give as gifts. Thanks
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    Hello,

    They would be no bigger than a 415g baked bean tin in height or width, hope this helps.

    Happy Baking!

  11. 5 star rating

    I have made this delicious recipe and it looks yummy, I just wanted to ask. I have made it for my Grandmother and wanted to know if it will keep for a few months being regularly fed with sherry?
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    Hello,

    Yes after step 6 you can put in an airtight container. I would double wrap the cakes and then feed (no more than 4 times) over a couple of months. Securely wrapping the cakes after each feed.
    Hope this helps,
    Happy Baking!

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