Mini Christmas cakes

13 Dec

As promised, here’s the recipe and picture of the  mini cakes I baked earlier in the week. These are perfect as gifts, or as a sweet treat at a Christmas party.

Makes: 12 Takes about 15 minutes to make and approximately 25 minutes to bake (well, in my oven anyway!)

Ingredients

100g unsalted butter or margarine

100g caster sugar

1/2 tsp almond flavouring or vanilla extract

2 eggs, beaten

100g self raising flour

12 tsp sweet mincemeat or jam of your choice

Apricot glaze or jam.

To decorate, marzipan and ready to roll fondant icing

1. Preheat the oven to 180C degrees/fan 160C/Gas mark 4. Cream the butter, sugar and flavouring together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs a little at a time with some of the flour. Stir in rest of flour. Spoon into 12 paper cases on a baking tray.

2. Top each cake with a spoonful of the sweet mincemeat or jam. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until golden. Leave to cool.

3. Now, it’s time to decorate! Heat some apricot jam with a little water in a saucepan. Place on one side. Roll out marzipan and fondant icing and cut in small circles to fit onto the cakes. Brush apricot jam over the cakes, place marzipan circle, then brush again, place fondant icing on top and then add whatever Christmas themed design you like e.g. stars, bells, santa. I chose holly and ivy with edible gold/silver beads and smaller balls of red fondant brushed in edible red glitter. Or, if you like, once the mini cakes are cooled, rather than glaze and decorate with the circles, mix icing sugar with a little water, drizzle over the cakes and top with shapes made out of marzipan or icing!

 

mini christmas cakes

The Learned Kat

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