Crafty Christmas Idea 14……teeny tiny Christmas fruit cakes

ok so not technically crafty but its very Christmas plus its the 14th december and I need to get cracking if I’m going to achieve my target of 25 ideas!!! Gone are the days when I could bake a few traditional fruit cakes which each take up to 3 hours in the oven. These days its a boiled fruit cake baked in cupcake wrappers topped with rum while hot and oodles of icing sugar!

I’ve tweaked an AWW recipe and loved the results…
500g dried mixed fruit
125g butter
1/2 C water
1 C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 C self-raising flour
6 Tbsp (or a couple of good sploshes) of rum or brandy

– in a saucepan put your butter, sugar, water and fruit and cook over medium heat until butter has melted. Add a good splash of rum or brandy and leave to cool in a bowl.
– lightly beat eggs and add to fruit mixture and then add your sifted flour and pour into a cupcake tin lined with paper cases. If your mixture seems too runny then add a dash of plain flour
– bake in 150 degree oven (130 fan forced) for 40 minutes.
– while cakes are hot pour extra rum over cakes and put a nice clean tea towel over the top of the cakes in the tin and let them cool…tempting to eat now but they taste much better if you leave them.
– I sift lots and lots of icing sugar over the top which makes them sweeter and also softens the top of the cakes…..this entire batch was eaten in a day and hubby has put in an order for 2 batches for his work, I’ve got 1 batch planned for mothers group and there will be Christmas and boxing day festivities here to think of…phew I better make a batch as energy food!!!!


  1. Thanks for the great recipe. My oven is terrible so i am not game to cook a large cake in it. I think these little cakes might work.

  2. What a fantastic recipe – so easy and so yum! We just had these for lunch and I think it’s safe to say that they will become a Christmas tradition!

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