Mini Christmas Cakes

"At Christmas time we love to serve our visitors these tiny Christmas cakes, baked in muffin tins. They're easy to make, dark, moist and full of flavour. Start this recipe at least one day ahead as the fruit needs to soak overnight. Preparation time does not include this step."
photo by Izy Hossack photo by Izy Hossack
photo by Izy Hossack
photo by Izy Hossack photo by Izy Hossack
photo by Izy Hossack photo by Izy Hossack
photo by Jubes photo by Jubes
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
32-36 mini cakes




  • Place mixed fruit into a very large basin.
  • Add rum and mix well.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and allow to stand overnight.
  • The next day, preheat oven to 150°C (300°F) and arrange oven racks to accommodate muffin tins in the centre section of the oven.
  • Place 2 muffin cases into each hole of 2 or 3, 12 hole muffin tins.
  • One ingredient at a time, add the beaten eggs, grated apple, treacle and sugar to the fruit mixture, mixing well with a wooden spoon after each addition.
  • Add cooled, melted butter and sifted flours and mix thoroughly.
  • If you're making these instead of a Christmas cake, make sure to let every member of the family have a stir of the mixture while they make a Christmas wish.
  • Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases, filling to almost full.
  • Use the back of a spoon to smooth the top of each cake.
  • Press a glace cherry into the centre of each cake and, around each cherry, press in 5 almonds to make ‘petals’- pointy end closest to the cherry.
  • Bake, in batches if necessary, at 150°C (300°F) for about 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a cake comes out clean.
  • When cooked, remove muffin tins from the oven, remove cakes in their papers from muffin tins and cool on racks.
  • When cakes are completely cool, store in airtight tins and keep in a cool place or, if you're in a warm climate, store in the refrigerator.
  • Alternatively, wrap each cake, still in its paper, tightly in plastic wrap, pack into plastic freezer bags and freeze.
  • Cakes will keep for at least a month if stored correctly or longer if frozen.

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  1. expert cook
    This recipe was quite a bit of work for nothing. The cakes turned out extremely dry and could not be eaten without the real whipped cream I made to save dessert for this dinner for six. Rest assured I will not make these next Christmas!!
  2. questa16
    These are absolutely delicious thank you
  3. Jubes
    These mini Christmas Cakes look fantastic! I used brandy (didn't have any rum). My family said they were delicious (I'm gluten-free so couldn't taste them). I've made some as little gifts for my workmates-my youngest daughter is going to come in and give them out for me. I've already started making another batch. The presentation with the 'flower' on top looks great. I think this is a no fail recipe and will become a Christmas regular for us. Thanks Kookaburra for a great recipe :)
  4. Missy Wombat
    These are absolutely fantastic.I recommend soaking them for longer and feeding them frequently with your favourite alcohol. I used brandy rather than rum as that is what I had in the house. I have a small convection oven which tends to cook things quickly so I set the time for 35 minutes and just left the cakes in the oven. This worked perfectly.
  5. Amanda in Adelaide
    Kooka, you deserve a medal for this recipe!! They are easy, taste great, look gorgeous and are the perfect gift. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!


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