Hot little Christmas cakes

Hot little Christmas cakes

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Forgotten to make your Christmas pud? These speedy cakes are the perfect alternative

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal243
  • fat13g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.37g
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  • 50g melted butter, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 50g dark muscovado sugar
  • 1 egg



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  • finely grated zest 1 orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • small handful dried berries and cherries



    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

  • vanilla ice cream and honey, to serve


  1. Grease and flour 4 small ramekins and set aside. Tip all the ingredients, except the berries and cherries, into a large jug or bowl. Using a hand blender, blend until completely combined, then stir in the dried fruit. Chill cake mix until needed.

  2. Heat oven to 230C/fan 210C/gas 8. Divide the mix between the ramekins and bake for 15 mins until puffed up and golden. Tip the cakes out onto plates, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzle with honey.

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14th Aug, 2018
This is a great recipe for when you're busy and need to prepare some things in advance. They're easy to make and taste delicious, great Christmas flavours. Excellent with a bit of vanilla custard, ice cream or some booze flavoured cream for decadence.
26th Dec, 2012
I managed to make 6 without increasing the ingredients by using a silicone muffin pan, which made them very easy to remove. I was a bit nervous about using such a high temperature, so reduced it and extended the cooking time to 20 mins. Served fresh out of the oven with Angela Nilsen's Ultimate Vanilla Icecream for Boxing Day lunch - they went down well with the kids and grown-ups. Very deserving of the 5 star ratings.
5th Jan, 2012
Easy to make and great for those who do not like Christmas pudding!
28th Sep, 2011
Made these this evening and they were fab will definately be making them again
19th Jan, 2011
Very easy, quick and convenient, as you can stick them in the fridge until you are ready to bake them. I served them with home-made pistachio ice cream (100g pistachios, 100g sugar, blitz them together and add 480 g Greek yoghurt, then freeze). It was delicious.
23rd Dec, 2010
Very quick and easy to make. did a trial run today and they are yummy scrummy. a definate for xmas day.
19th Dec, 2010
Did not have dark muscavado sugar so used light, and just added saltanas, they were delicious. Also drizzled golden syrup and they were just as nice if not nicer than with honey - definitely will become a Christmas Tradition !
18th Nov, 2010
Delicious recipe! So quick to prep and great for preparing beforehand too. Kept mix in fridge for an hour before baking. Very light. Didn't use ramekins though (don't have four) so put mix in 4 muffin cases in a muffin tin. Worked as well Im sure. These are now firmly in my binder for future reference.
31st Jan, 2009
Realy tasty puddings, light and very easy to make so great for entertaining. I used a packet of Craisins and served with ice cream - it went down well.
25th Dec, 2008
Wow these are brilliant,used cherries and mixed fruit


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