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Mini Christmas Cakes

Miniature Christmas Cakes with lashings of indulgent Joe & Seph's Brandy Butter caramel sauce. Thank you to James Hillery for the recipe.
2 hours 10 minutes
Serves 8
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  • 225g currants
  • 75g raisins
  • 75g sultanas
  • 25g dried cranberries
  • 25g mixed peel
  • 25g glace cherries, chopped
  • 25g pecans, chopped
  • 50ml brandy (or orange juice)
  • 110g butter
  • 110g soft dark brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, medium
  • 120g plain flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon treacle
  • Joe and Seph's Brandy Butter Caramel Sauce


  1. Prepare tins

    1. Butter the small pudding tins and put a little circle of parchment paper in the bottom of each tin.

  2. Cream butter, sugar and eggs

    2. Cream together butter and sugar, then beat in eggs one at a time until light and fluffy.

  3. Add zests

    3. Add the zest of the orange and lemon into the batter.

  4. Add treacle

    4. Add the treacle and beat until combined.

  5. Separately combine dry ingredients

    5. Combine the flour, salt and spices into a large bowl.

  6. Add dry ingredients

    6. Add the dry ingredients into the batter and stir until combined.

  7. Add soaked fried fruits

    7. Mix in the soaked dried fruit until distributed evenly through the batter.

  8. Pour into tins

    8. Using a spoon, transfer about 150g of the mixture to the lined tins, smooth out the tops and cover each top loosely with a layer of buttered foil. Cut a small hole in the foil to let out steam.

  9. Bake

    9. Place in the bottom shelf of the oven and bake for about 60 minutes. Insert a skewer into each cake and make sure it comes out clean to ensure the cakes are cooked through. If a cake is not quite done, bake for an extra 10 minutes. Continue to check every 10 mins until the skewer comes out clean.

  10. Cool

    10. Cool the cakes for 30 minutes in their tins. Then remove and cool on a wire rack.

  11. Drizzle sauce over and serve

    11. Drizzle Joe & Seph's Brandy Butter before serving.


Elizabeth Thomas
This is a really special take on a traditional Christmas pudding.My family loved it!
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