Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Miniature Chocolate Dundee Cakes

Getting a Christmas hamper of goodies together has been my task this month. Among the components I wanted to include were some miniature Christmas cakes. On browsing the wonderful blog Lavender and Lovage one day, I was inspired by Karen's recipe for Wee Whisky Doused Hogmanay Dundee Cakes. Well mine are even weeer. I used a different method and some different ingredients - like chocolate ;-)

This is what I did:
  • Placed 300g of mixed fruit into a bowl - mostly vine, but a few chopped dates, pineapple, papaya and cranberries.
  • Added grated zest and juice of 1 very juicy orange.
  • Stirred in 50ml of Scotch Whisky and two tsp of orange syrup (left over from making candied peel).
  • Covered and placed on top of our storage heater for a couple of hours (a low oven would be fine or could just be left somewhere overnight).
  • Creamed 100g unsalted butter with 100g light brown raw cane sugar.
  • Beat in 2 small eggs.
  • Sieved in 150g self-raising flour, 50g wholemeal spelt, 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda.
  • Stirred in 25g ground almonds.
  • Added 50g chopped 70% G&B dark chocolate and the fruit mixture.
  • Mixed well and spooned into two 6 hole muffin moulds.
  • Pressed 6 whole blanched almonds onto each one.
  • Baked for 35 minutes at 150C.
  • Left to cool for half an hour then turned out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Wrapped them in greaseproof paper and packed them away in a tin.
I haven't tried them yet, but am expecting good things of them. I have bought some nice Christmassy ribbon to border the edges when the time comes for presenting them - see if you can guess which one it will be?

I am submitting these to English Mum's Big Christmas Bakeoff.

For more ideas of edible gifts check out Vanessa's Lets Make Christmas.


16 comments:

  1. They are so adorable. I love how small they are. So thats what three per person?

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  2. These look adorable and perfect for going into a hamper. I love how chocolate even finds its way into your Christmas cakes :)
    I've made mini ones in the past in baked bean cans, mini things are always so cute

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  3. Lovely, I made mini ones as well, like Katie in baked bin tins. Don't they make wonderful presents.

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  4. I love wee things and these wee cakes look fantastic. The blanched almonds are seem to have a hypnotic effect on my stomach ;)

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  5. Such a lovely, lovely gift to receive...especially in a gorgeous hamper full of Chocolate Log Blog goodies!!

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  6. first time here......that looks yummy ....thanks for sharing. very interesting blog.

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  7. These look amazing. I love the idea of a homemade hamper. Think I'll make that next year as have run out of time this year. I have the same white ribbon with the sparkly snowflakes!! I've got the red, gold and green one too! I seem to have a whole boxful of ribbons :)

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  8. Wow these look delicious and with chocolate! Just one thing...I'm going to be a wee bit pedantic but 'whiskey' is Irish and 'whisky' is how we Scots spell the water of life. Okay will stop now and imagine the smell of your gorgeous cakies.

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  9. I would be over the moon to get hamper full of your delicious treats and these little cakes are quite something. I did like the snowflake ribbon too :-) x

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  10. Love these so much as wee versions and gift wrapped is just the perfect Christmas treat. Beauties! Have a wonderful Christmas time.

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  11. OH wonderful! My mum, whose recipe the original one was, will be chuffed to wee whisky doused cakes! LOVELY cakes Choclette and I am so pleased that my post gave you inspiration....I love them! They will make great gifts.
    Karen
    XX

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  12. You are so restrained - I can't believe you haven't tried them yet! I'd be very happy to receive one of these as a gift - they're gorgeous.

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  13. Oh lovely, give me anything minature these days and I will love it:)

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  14. Dom - three per person per hour perhaps?

    Katie - thank you. Like the idea of baked bean tins, except lining them must be a bit fiddly. Agree, mini things are very cute.

    Jude - I'm impressed with all these blue peter baking tins. Trouble with using muffin moulds is that the sides weren't straight so it was difficult getting the ribbon around.

    JW - he he ;-)

    Kate - thank you. Three recipients got hampers of Choc Log Blog goodies on Friday - I was quite envious!

    CaySera - thank you for your kind comments and for following.

    Baking Addict - hang on to those ribbons for next year's hampers and make sure you put some of your hot choc pops in there ;-)

    Janice - what an ignoramous am I? Sorry about that, I changed it as soon as you pointed it out.

    Laura - thank you. The snowflake ribbon looked really good when wrapped around the cakes.

    Jill - thank you. I'm sure I will and hope the same is true for you.

    Karen - three of my hamper gifts were inspired by your blog posts. You have such lovely ideas.

    Little Loaf - thank you. Am not so much restrained as still haven't worked out who I'm giving what to!

    Solange - thank you. Mini sized are especially fun.

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  15. these sound great - having just tried chopped chocolate in fruit cake - I am sold on the ideas and love the look of these little individual ones

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  16. Johanna - annoyingly, I haven't tried one of these, but I've had very good feedback.

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