PINT SIZED CHRISTMAS CAKES

By 22nd December 2013 GRK, Recipes No Comments

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When it comes to baking cakes I am not exactly what you would call talented but these tiny little Christmas Cakes are an absolute doddle and dare I say idiot proof!

The preparation time is super quick and they take only 30 minutes to bake in the oven. You could decorate these little gems in a multitude of ways… You could even try covering them with marzipan and icing and decorate as you would a full sized cake! Tiny stars or miniature candy canes on white icing would look adorable too, just use your imagination.

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YOU WILL NEED:

 

50 g butter

45 g dark (soft) sugar

40 g self raising flour

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp of brandy

2 tsp mixed spice

100 g sultanas

100 g Chopped dates

150 g chopped nuts

 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR CAKES:

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C.
  2. Mix all of your ingredients thoroughly, either by hand or with a mixer.
  3. Grease a muffin tin and divide your mixture evenly into the twelve holes.
  4. Smooth the top of the mixture over with the top of a teaspoon.
  5. Place in your pre heated oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Leave to cool completely before turning them out and store them in an airtight tin until you are ready to decorate them.

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TO DECORATE:

I simply used what I had to hand to decorate my little cakes, making a basic white icing, (flavoured with vanilla essence) and topped them with glace cherries, candied peel, coconut and so on.  These would be fun to decorate with the kids and make a change from mince pies!

 

Enjoy !