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Monday, 12 November 2012

Impulse control ...

I merrily pranced round the kitchen suitably garbed for Christmas cake duties on Saturday.  Delia did not fail me.  My cake is sitting resplendent in greaseproof and foil, having had its first dowsing in brandy.  Now things are getting tough around these parts because traditional Christmas purchases are being made, whilst the price is right.  I am now living with a large bottle of Baileys which is, quite frankly, screaming 'come to mama'.  I am sure I will be able to resist but I have a confession, yes that is the inside of a Quality Street tin you see below.  I will leave it at that, shall I?

In place of a Quality Street from my tin, I shall share my mini Christmas cake recipe.   This little gem is the perfect size for a gift or if you are the only one in your family who likes fruit cake and can't stomach eating an entire family sized one over the Christmas period then this is for you.

Baked last night; sorry about the out of focus picture but it was 7am and the evidence is no longer intact for a second attempt. 

Mini Christmas Cake

175g mixed dried fruit
25g glace cherries, washed & chopped (add to dried fruit)
25g nuts (optional, add to fruit)
1tbsp orange juice, sherry, brandy* (soak your fruit, nut & cherry mixture in this overnight)
50g butter
50g soft brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 lge beaten egg
1 tsp black treacle

  • Grease and line a tin* with a double layer of greaseproof.  Lightly grease with oil.
  • Tie a double band of brown paper around the outside
  • Light the oven, Gas mark 1-2 (150 C)
  • Cream the butter and sugar
  • Beat the egg with the black treacle and add to the creamed butter & sugar - mix thoroughly
  • Sieve flour with spices and fold into the beaten mixture
  • Stir in the fruit, nuts and cherries which have been soaked overnight
  • Tip mixture into the tin and smooth out
  • Stand on a thick pad of newspaper and bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours
  • Test with skewer
  • Leave cake to cool in the tin

If you wish to ice you will need the following;

250g marzipan
1tbsp icing sugar
2 tbsp apricot jam

250g fondant/ready roll icing or if you wish make up your own royal icing

* I tend to use a combination of whatever I have in the cupboard but you can be a little more generous with the measurements because the fruit soaks it up

** I use a pork pie tin purchased from Lakeland but apparently, although I have never tried it, a large baked bean tin is a good substitute.

Happy Baking xxx

Welcome to Fiona at Raindrops and Daisys


  1. But you need an empty tin, to put a cake in, don't you? :)

  2. Cute cake :) Ours is made and is wrapped in paper & foil awaiting its first drink :)

    I don't think I could buy Baileys this early - it would not last. As it is I've hidden the Hedgerow Gin up so we don't start it yet!

  3. I've still never made an xmas cake! maybe I should try a small one. I couldn't sit with those quality street either, especially not after tea! Good luck! Heather x

    1. Let me know if you do try the recipe, it's real easy.

  4. I have a tin of Celebrations which no one knows about, that way there stand a chance of surviving until Christmas!
    I like the individual recipe, I wonder if the children could make one for a grandparent gift, thanks for sharing.
    Lisa x

    1. Please post a photo, if you decide to do this. They can also go wild with the decoration.

  5. Hi,I love your little cake I will try and find the time to make one.I've already made my cake and need to marzipan then ice it.I remember buying a Quality Street tin but I put it away safely and can't remember where!!!Which are your favourite,I like the caramels!'bye for now Pam.

    1. The toffee penny and finger are my favourites. We will end up with a tin of fudge and coconut and only eat these when we get desperate and there is nothing sweet left in the house.

  6. Your cake looks lovely and something I could do for next christmas as I don't have all the ingredents in for this year. I was wondering what the dimentions of the cake was?

  7. Hello,
    I visited your blog today - I saw you on sweet Magie's blog, Teacups and Bunting. This Christmas cake looks so yummy. It kind of reminds me of the fruit cakes we have here. While I was browsing through your pictures, I noticed that you have a variety of interests on here, and is similar to me and my daughter's blog. We would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you. Your blog is colorful and very cheerful to me. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

    1. Thank you, I regular visit my followers and make a comment or two. You are on the list for a visit.

  8. I have a small stash of stuff at the side of the sofa supposedly for the Christmas cake.
    Who am I kidding?

    (PS Thanks for popping by. Glad I called in here!)

  9. I have never made a Christmas cake before, but I love the sound of this mini one..thanks for sharing.
    I can never resist a bit of Bailey's if it is in the house. I like mine mixed with's my winter time indulgence :)
    Have a lovely day today x

  10. Now this is just the recipe I need, my lot have been slowly going off Christmas cake for years and now always demand Stollen, but the Mr and I still enjoy a slice.

    In our house it's the Bailey's that would have been opened!

    1. Glad to hear the recipe will be of use and yes the Baileys remains untouched which is more than can be said for the Quality Street.

  11. Thanks for the recipe and the welcome!

    Sounds like a cake that I would enjoy and I like the fact that it's not too big
    because it is only myself that eats it here or mum when she visits.

    Have a great week


  12. Thank you for this! Mr. M (my husband) loves fruitcake. I do not. This is the perfect solution. :)

    1. That's exactly what I enjoy the most about blogging, the opportunity to share.