Little frosty Christmas cakes

Little frosty Christmas cakes

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins Plus decoration time


Makes 8 small cakes
These delightful mini fruitcakes make perfect gifts for friends and neighbours

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze only when undecorated

Nutrition: per iced cake

  • kcal1064
  • fat34g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs191g
  • sugars129g
  • fibre3g
  • protein10g
  • salt1.07g
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  • butter, for greasing



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

  • 1 quantity Easy apple fruit cake, uncooked (see link below)



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 2 tbsp apricot jam



    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • 500g pack natural marzipan
    Marzipan cake



    One of mankind’s oldest sources of sweet pleasure, marzipan needs to contain only ground…

  • 500g pack ready-to-roll white icing
  • 16 fresh cranberries


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…

  • bunch rosemary, broken into small fronds



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 50g icing sugar
  • approx 1m gold ribbon


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter eight 150ml ramekins and line the bottoms with circles of non-stick baking paper. Divide the cake mix between the ramekins, transfer to a baking sheet and slide into the oven. Bake for 30 mins until springy and dark golden brown. Leave until cool enough to handle, then run a round-edged knife around the edge of the each cake. Turn out and cool completely on a rack.

  2. If the cakes have risen into peaks, make flat by slicing the tops off with a serrated knife. Melt the jam with 1 tbsp water and brush over the top of the cakes. Lightly knead the marzipan and shape eight golf ball-sized balls. (You will have some left over – wrap up well for another time.) Using a rolling pin, gently roll the balls into flat circles, approx 1cm thick and the same diameter as the cakes. Sit the marzipan on the jammy side of the cakes. Do the same with the icing, brushing the marzipan with a little cooled, boiled water to help it stick.

  3. Beat the egg white until just frothy and broken up. Spread the caster sugar over a plate. Dip the cranberries and rosemary in the egg white, shake off the excess and roll in the caster sugar to create a frosty effect. Leave to dry for 15 mins. Tip away all but 2 tsp of the egg white and mix with the icing sugar to create a thick paste. Use to fix two cranberries and a sprig of rosemary to the top of each cake. Decorate with gold ribbon. The cakes will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

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5th May, 2013
Made these to give out to the family at Christmas & everyone loved them!!
20th Jan, 2013
Really easy to make, made these twice now and one normal sized cake. Both times I used marzipan, with white ready to roll the first time for a birthday and different coloured sugar paste to make festive toppers for Xmas. I used one apple and 400g of sainsburys luxury fruit mix, worked well. Have fun with them and experiment :o)
24th Oct, 2012
OMG is this correct just for 1 cake 1064 kcalories??????
10th Oct, 2012
I have not made these yet, but has anyone used muffin tins instead of ramekins?
9th Jan, 2012
Made these as presents for people and they went down a storm. Everyone loved them! Found it a bit of pain getting them out of the ramekins, but I probably didn't grease them thoroughly enough. Great recipe for a lighter christmas cake, and especially great as presents for anyone who doesn't want to eat a whole christmas cake by themselves!
14th Dec, 2011
A wonderful recipe. Everyone who has tasted one of these has said how lovely and light they are. Perfect for people who don't like big heavy Christmas cakes but like just a taste. Fabulous
9th Dec, 2011
Has anyone tried making these in muffin tins rather than ramekins? I don't have any and really don't want to have to buy some. I thought smaller amounts in a muffin tin might work.
28th Nov, 2011
Snowey= There you go!
1st Nov, 2011
you dont say how you make the actual cake bit thought and i really want to make these ?????
1st Nov, 2011
you dont say how you make the actual cake bit thought and i really want to make these ?????


19th Nov, 2013
Hi, does anyone know how I should store these? I want to use them as a Christmas cake, but want to make well in advance, if I marzipan & ice will it dry out? Or should I decorate a few days before?
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