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Petite Christmas Cakes

By Chelsea Sugar
Petite Christmas Cakes
16 servings
  • 10 reviews

  • Difficulty
  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cooking time 50 mins
  • Serves

    125g butter
    1 cup Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar
    1kg mixed dried fruit
    1/2 cup sherry
    1 tsp mixed spice
    1 tsp baking soda
    2 Tbsp Chelsea Golden Syrup or Chelsea Treacle
    2 eggs
    225g plain flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 Tbsp orange zest

    200g dried fruit, roughly chopped (e.g. papaya, mango, apple, apricots)
    240g nuts (e.g. pecans, almonds, walnuts)
    1 cup Chelsea Golden Syrup


    Put butter, sugar, fruit, sherry, spice, baking soda and syrup into a saucepan. Cook over a medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring often. Allow to cool (at least 1 hour).

    Heat oven to 150°C and grease muffin tray (regular or Texas muffin sized). Beat eggs and stir through cooled fruit. Sift dry ingredients then mix thoroughly with the fruit mixture and orange zest. Spoon into muffin tray then bake for 50 - 55 minutes (regular muffin tin), or 60 - 65 minutes (Texas muffin tin). Decorate once cool.

    Heat syrup, mix in fruit and nuts then spoon mixture carefully on to cakes and allow to set.

    Makes 16 regular muffin sized cakes or 12 Texas muffin sized cakes.

    Tip: This delicious, moist cake mix is perfect for a large family sized Christmas cake - double the mixture to make 2 medium sized Christmas cakes (20cm) or 1 large, deep (26cm) + 1 very small (10cm) Christmas cake. Triple line the sides of cake tin with baking paper, ensure it extends above the sides. Remember to adjust cooking time and check cakes regularly.

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Average Rating
(10 reviews)

Love the cake made a couple of adjustments used Brandy instead of sherry and added a tsp of Ginger reduced fruit to 1kg of fruit mix and 4oogm of currants so we'll see how it works

Make these as small fruit cakes , lovely gifts in a cellophane bag with ribbon and decorations

Hi how would you suggest to wrap them as gifts?
Chelsea Sugar:
They can be stored in airtight containers and wrapped with ribbon.

Can you give me a cooking time if using little oblong baking tins measuring 13cm length x 7cm width. Would it be similar time to Texas muffin tins?? Would love to try this recipe for little Christmas cakes to give as gifts.
Chelsea Sugar:
The estimated bake time would be 65 minutes. For best results, please use the tin sizes advised in the recipe.

What can I use as a substitute for sherry please? Would fruit juice (maybe orange) be ok?
Chelsea Sugar:
Yes, fruit juice would be a good substitute for sherry.

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I just love it, easy to put together, tastes great and very versatile. You can share Xmas easily with folks by giving them a cake or two. All goodness.

Do these cakes keep like larger Christmas cake?
CHELSEA: Hi there, yes these should keep for at least a couple of months. Best to add the topping closer to when you plan to eat them though.

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Made this recipe as one family sized cake last Christmas and it was great. Moist and delicious!

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Great recipe, really easy, fit well into Texas muffin tins! Can decorate with fruit and nut glaze or with individual royal icing rounds! Beautiful!

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I have made these and will serve them, reheated with custard and cream, as Xmas puddings.

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