Mini Christmas cakes recipe

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These impressive muffin-sized, brandy infused mini Christmas cakes are perfect for sharing with family & friend this Christmas – sweet & delicious

Mini Christmas cakes recipe
  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories316 Kcal16%
Sugar33.6 g37%
Fat13.5 g19%
Saturated Fat8 g40%
Salt0.43 g
Protein3.4 g7%
Carbohydrates44.5 g17%
Salt0.43 g

Muffin-sized, brandy-infused mini Christmas cakes brimming with dried fruit and glace cherries.

Made with a simple all-in-one fruit cake mix, this recipe is far less time-consuming than a traditional Christmas cake recipe (opens in new tab). They are also lighter and much less dense than a classic fruit cake. If you prefer your Christmas cake this way, then the recipe can easily be made into a full-sized cake. For an alternative to icing, top with blanched almonds, pecans, sliced dried apricots, and mixed coloured glacé cherries, then glaze with a little warmed honey or syrup.


  • 175g butter, softened
  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • ½tsp baking powder
  • 2tsp ground mixed spice
  • 115g mixed dried fruit
  • 2tbsp brandy or orange juice
  • 115g icing sugar
  • 1-2tbsp hot water
  • 12 glace cherries
  • Holly leaves, to decorate




  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Thoroughly grease a non-stick 12-hole muffin tray and place a circle of baking paper in the base of each hole.
  2. Place the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and mixed spice in a large bowl and beat with an electric hand-held mixed for 3-4 mins until pale and creamy. Fold in the dried mixed fruit and brandy or orange juice.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin tray. Bake for 25-30 mins until risen and golden and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Leave in the tray for 3-4 mins then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  4. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in enough of the warm water to make a smooth and thick icing. Spoon the icing onto the top of the cakes, letting it slowly drizzle down the sides. Top each cake with a glace cherry and a couple of holly leaves. Leave to set.

Top tips for making these mini Christmas cakes

Tie each mini Christmas cake in a festive ribbon for extra impact. To give the cakes a boozier flavour, soak the dried fruit in 2 tbsp rum or brandy for 1-2 hrs before adding to the sponge mixture.

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