Mini Christmas Cakes

Recipe and photo credit by- Dr Oetker.

It is nearly Christmas and if you have not made your Christmas cake by now, how about making some of these Mini Christmas Cakes?

They are so sweet or should I say adoreable!

How To Make Some Mini Christmas Cakes:

Makes 4 mini Christmas cakes

£2.58 per portion

Ingredients:

  • 175g (6oz) butter or margarine
  • 175g (6oz) light brown sugar
  • 3 medium eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp Dr. Oetker Natural Almond Extract
  • 75g (3oz) ground almonds
  • 175g (6oz) plain flour
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Dr. Oetker Baking Powder
  • 300g (10oz) sultanas
  • 175g (6oz) dried cranberries
  • 150g (5oz) glace cherries
  • Icing sugar for dusting

To Decorate:

  • 225g (8oz) Dr. Oetker Ready to Roll Regal-Ice White Icing
  • 200g (7oz) Dr. Oetker Ready to Roll Golden Marzipan
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • Dr. Oetker Silver Balls
  • 4 x 25cm (10in) lengths cake ribbon

How To Make:

  1. Place a roasting tin of cold water in the bottom of the oven then preheat the oven to 150°C (140°C fan oven, 300°F, Gas 2).
  2.  Grease and line a 19cm (7in) square cake tin, and wrap the sides in a double layer of brown paper.
  3.  In a mixing bowl, cream the butter or margarine and sugar together until pale and creamy then gradually beat in the eggs, and stir in the Natural Almond Extract and ground almonds.
  4. Sift the flour, nutmeg and Baking Powder on top and add all the fruit.
  5. Carefully mix all the ingredients together and then spoon into the prepared tin.
  6. Smooth over the top and bake in the oven for about 1 ½ hours until lightly browned, slightly risen and firm to the touch.
  7. Allow to cool in the tin before removing.
  8. Discard the tin linings and wrap in fresh paper and foil and store for 3 days before decorating.

Three Days Before Serving:

  1. Lightly dust the work surface with icing sugar and roll out 100g (4oz) Regal-Ice Icing to a thickness of 5mm (1/4in).
  2. Using assorted snowflake cutters stamp out 12 snowflakes, re-rolling as necessary.
  3. Place on a board lined with greaseproof paper and set aside in a warm, dust free place, to dry.
  4. When dry, carefully peel off the paper and place on a wire rack.
  5. Pipe a small dot of writing icing in the centre of each snowflake and place a silver ball on top.
  6. Put aside until completely set, then cover lightly until ready to decorate the cakes.
  7. When ready to serve the cakes, discard the storage wrapping from the cake.
  8. Using a 7cm (3in) round pastry cutter, push down on top of the cake within 1cm (1/2in) of the edge to make 4 circles – you may need to trim up the edges with a knife.
  9. Divide the marzipan into 4.
  10. On a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar, roll each piece into a circle to fit the top of the cake.
  11. Brush with a little honey, secure a Marzipan circle on top and trim to neaten.
  12. Divide the remaining Regal-Ice Icing into 4 and roll each piece to fit the top of the cake.
  13. Brush the Marzipan with a little water and secure the Regal-Ice Icing on top, trimming as necessary.

To Finish :

  • Secure a piece of ribbon around the side of each cake and arrange the snowflake decorations on top to serve.

Cooks Tip:

  • For a less almondy flavour, replace the almond extract with the same quantity of Dr Oetker Vanilla Extract.
  • For longer storage before marzipan and icing, wrap the cake as described and freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Allow the cake to defrost in the wrappings before finishing.

Recipe and photo credit by- Dr Oetker

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