Mini Christmas Cakes

Another recipe!

There are two things you should know about me, when it comes to cooking:

  • I’m lazy
  • I like my cooking to taste DAMN good
  • I’m almost incapable of following a recipe without modifying it. Sometimes beyond recognition

Ummm… it can be an interesting mix.

Anyhow, all that pre-amble stuff was in the interest of convincing you of one very important fact.

The following recipe makes THE best, THE tastiest, THE straight-out yummiest, fruitcake I have EVER tasted. Even people who don’t like fruitcake have liked it. Except the nuts who won’t eat fruit because their mother once force-fed them a banana and they’ve never gotten over the trauma.

So give them a go, and let me know what you think!

Mini Christmas Cakes

These christmas cakes are egg-free, dairy-free, and can be made gluten-free by straight substitution of GF flour. Hence, they’re great for making in bulk for gifts when you have a lot of friends and family with allergies and/or intolerances – or when you’re a vegan who still wants to give people yummy stuff for christmas.

I have some ceramic flat-bottomed noodle bowls about 15cm in diameter and 12-13 cm deep – I find they’re perfect for baking these cakes in. It makes a small cake perfect for a gift, and the cake is rich enough that the size doesn’t seem miserly.

Ingredients

Dried fruit – approx 2-3 cups *
Water **
2-3 dashes of lemon juice
200g margarine
3/4 cup of brown sugar
2 cups of flour
1 tbsp baking powder
cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
1 cup almond meal ***
1/2 cup glace cherries, chopped
water if needed

Instructions

In a largeish bowl, cover the dried fruit with water. Soak overnight (at least).

In a different bowl, beat the sugar, margarine and lemon juice together until light and creamy.

In yet another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, almond meal and spices together.

Add flour-spice mix to the creamed mixture.

Add the soaked fruit. Mix well. You may need to add some water in order to make a thick batter.

Line the noodle bowls (or whatever tin/bowl you’ve decided to use) with baking paper. I use two strips the width of the bottom of the bowl, and make a cross with them… then grease the bits of the side not covered by baking paper. I find that this makes it easy to get the cake out, and doesn’t cause crease marks in the cake.

Cook at 150C for 60 to 90 minutes (this will depend in part on the size of your tin/bowl).

Cover with marzipan, then icing. Or just icing. Or leave uniced, with almonds and/or fruit for decoration.


* I go a bit mad with the dried fruit – sultanas, currants, cranberries, goji berries, dates, paw paw, apricot. But a standard dried fruit mix would work fine.

** Or cold, fairly strong tea.

*** Hazelnut meal works well too – or for a cheaper option, try LSA – linseed, sunflower and almond meal. To make in nut-free, use sunflower seed meal instead.

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8 Responses

  1. I shall go forth and bake….if I can find baking powder to make the damn thing rise this time lol.

  2. That sounds crazee tastee.

  3. Ooooh that sounds yum. Especially with the cranberries.

    And I don’t like cake of any description.

  4. this is further proof that the people of Australia are all crazy: “The following recipe makes THE best, THE tastiest, THE straight-out yummiest, fruitcake I have EVER tasted.”

    please understand that elsewhere int he world, fruitcake is not for eating. unnaturally-colored fruity bits embedded in unnaturally- moist old cake is not a foodstuff, but a munition or a fuel. each winter here in the US, we circulate fruitcakes to make sure that everyone can stay warm or have something to light on fire and launch from a catapult, because we’re all about peace on earth, and as our current president warlord Bush has advised, war is peace.

  5. Jayne – LOL. Boy do I know that feeling!

    Evyl – Yuh-huh!

    Kelley – does that mean you’d eat it??

    Dok – Good point. Another proof is that we think politicians are evil, and yet another proof is that we consider Americans to be out-of-their-tree NUTS. Everyone knows that insane people think that it’s everyone else with the problem… 😛

  6. you’re right about politicians being evil – yours regulate the sale of caffenated beverages, so as far as I can tell they’re even more evil than the ones we have stateside.

    the problem with most americans is that they live on a continent that was never meant to house bipedal primates – their ancestors migrated here at one point or another, killed off all the native mammoths and giant sloths and other big mammals at the top of the food chain (or the other humans who’d beaten them to it) and assumed they were supposed to be here. We’re not just out of our tree but well into an entirely different, wrong tree.

  7. Fantastic.

    How long does it last ? In terms of fresh. If I was going to make them, when would I do it?

  8. Dok – Mmmmm. Couldn’t agree more 😉

    WS – Ummmmmmmmm. This is a hard one. Living in QLD as I do, everything goes off FAST. To be safe – freeze it.

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