Friday, 9 November 2012

Festive Friday is back!

Pickle-Lily is making our big Christmas cake with the guides this year, but we also make mini cakes at home, which make lovely gifts.
Mini Christmas cake
So now is the time to bake your fruit cakes. This mix makes five mini cakes.
For the mixture you need
100g butter
100g of soft brown sugar
340g of mixed fruit
130g plain flour
1 tsp mixed spice
2 eggs

Cream the butter and sugar together and then beat in the eggs.
Fold in the flour and mixed spices.
Stir in the fruit.
Now the clever part! For the tins I use small baked bean tins - you'll need the sort with ring tabs. Give them a good wash after you've eaten the contents, and then using a tin opener, carefully open the the bottom of the tin. Let the bottom you've just cut drop through to the top. The cut edge will rest nicely on the small lip left by the ring pull lid, and voila you have a mini loose base tin. Be careful as the base is sharp!
Mini loose base tin for free!
I then lined it with a double layer of greaseproof or baking paper (no need to grease!) and filled my tins with the mixture.
5 little Christmas cakes
Bake them in the oven at 120 C fan / Gas 1 for about 2 hours - this timing really depends on your oven, and you may need to cover the tops with some foil or baking paper to stop them from burning.
allow them to cool on a cooling rack
When they have cooled, wrap them in greaseproof and then foil. I did mine individually and store in a cake tin. You can feed them if you want to.
A simple way to marzipan and ice to follow!

P.S. I was going to do a separate post for Handmade Monday, but as usual I ran out of time! Why not go and visit everyone elses blogs and see what they've been up to?



What a great cake tin - a very good idea. Lovely recipe too. Hope you have a good week.

Wendy said...

Genius cake tin - love it!! I like the idea of mini cakes. Enjoy! x

Picto said...

Great idea for the cake tin, I'm definitely going to give this a try. I'll let you know how I get on :)

Jan x

tickledpinkcrafts said...

Great idea for a tin and I just may make some of these as I have a couple more large cakes to make and might do some extra mix for these to give away. xxx

Ginx Craft said...

The baked bean tins are a great idea.

Free Spirit Designs said...

oooh mini Christmas cakes, yum!

you're right, they do make fab gifts and yours look delicious :) x

AliceAndFlorence said...

What a great idea! The recipe looks like one I could use, and lovely Xmas pressies!

Kat Shenton said...

Mmmmmmm cake! I now need cake :)
Will be back when I have cake :D

Handbags by Helen said...

Very innovative

Carolee Crafts said...

Oh I can smell Christmas already and think the mini cakes are so much fun

Ali said...

This is a great idea. My mum hasn't succeeded in making a small cake she says it never turns out right. I'm going to pass your tin idea and recipe on to her. Thanks
Ali x

Highland Monkey's said...

What a brilliant idea, will certainly start saving my tins now. Thanks for posting the recipe as well.

Simmi said...

Ohhh yummy looking cakes! I bet they go down really well as presents :-) Simmi x

Little Harriet said...

Brilliant tip about the tins!