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These mini Christmas cakes are almost too cute to eat. We’re not ones to resist cake cravings though, so join us in whipping up a batch of these treats this Christmas and enjoy!

 

YOU WILL NEED:

Dr. Oetker Cake Release Spray

500g (1lb 2oz) dried fruit

10ml (2tsp) Dr. Oetker Natural Lemon Extract

30ml (2tbsp) orange flavour liqueur

75g (3oz) unsalted butter, softened

75g (3oz) dark brown sugar

15ml (1tbsp) treacle

2 medium eggs, beaten

115g (4oz) plain flour

3.75ml (3/4tsp) Dr. Oetker Baking Powder

10ml (2 tsp) ground cinnamon

225g (8oz) Dr. Oetker Marzipan

30ml (2 tbsp) Dr. Oetker Apricot Glaze or clear honey

A little icing sugar for dusting

225g (8oz) Dr. Oetker White Regal-Ice

Ready to Roll Icing

 

To decorate:

Dr. Oetker Gold and Silver Shimmer Sprays

Dr. Oetker Soft Silver Pearls

 

Makes: 9

 

HOW TO MAKE THEM:

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan assisted oven, 325°F, gas mark 3). Lightly spray 9 x 115ml (4fl.oz) baking moulds or muffin tins with Cake Release Spray. Mix the dried fruit with the Natural Lemon Extract and orange liqueur, and set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and treacle together until soft and creamy then beat in the eggs. Sift the flour, Baking Powder and spice on top and add the fruit mixture. Carefully mix all of the ingredients together and then spoon half the mixture into the prepared tins to half fill them.

3. Divide the Marzipan into 9 pieces and form each into discs to cover the cake mixture in the tins. Spoon over the remaining mixture and smooth the tops. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden and firm to the touch. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then loosen with a knife and turn on to a wire rack to cool. Wrap up the cakes well and store for at least 24 hours before decorating.

4. When ready to serve the cakes, brush the cake tops with Dr. Oetker Apricot Glaze or a little honey. Lightly dust the work surface with icing sugar and roll out the Regal-Ice Ready to Roll Icing to a thickness of 5mm (1/4inch) thick. Cut out discs of icing the same size as the top of your cakes, re-rolling as necessary, and secure on top of each cake. Reserve the Regal-Ice Ready to Roll Icing trimmings. Alternatively, leave the tops uniced.

5. To decorate, roll out the trimmings thinly and cut out stars and snowflakes using small cutters. Spray the stars with Gold or Silver Shimmer Spray, place onto the top of the cakes and decorate with Soft Silver Pearls as desired. Decorate the cakes with ribbon to serve.

 

Recipe: Dr Oetker