I blogged my favourite Christmas Pud recipe on Stir Up Sunday, and mentioned at the end of the post that I might attempt making some mini Christmas Cakes using empty baked bean tins.
Well I had a go.
And it worked!
They are very cute.
And pretty uniform.
They baked well in their little mini re-purposed tins, and taste delicious.
And it occurs to me that they might make rather splendid presents-either for someone who lives on their own, or is the only one in their household that likes Christmas cake (I know! There are actual people that don’t like Christmas Cake. What is all that about?) Or as gifts for teachers as the end of term looms closer.
I used this recipe here, which is my favourite, but halved it.
That should give you enough mix to make 6 mini cakes.
Apart from eating six mini tins of baked beans, the most arduous part of this make is lining the bl**dy tins. I hate doing it at the best of times, but when everything is littler, and fiddly-er, and you have to do it SIX times… Just keep reminding yourself how cute they will look.
OK, so here’s a step by step:
:: Eat the beans or decant into a suitable container for consumption later
:: Wash and dry the tins thoroughly
:: Grease and line the base and sides of the tins with baking paper-I used melted butter and a pastry dish to grease them-less chance of cut fingers…
I also left my baking paper higher than the edge of the tin figuring it would provide the tops with some protection from drying out. AND it makes it easier to remove the cakes from the tins later
:: Decant your Christmas cake mix evenly into the six tins
:: I placed all of the tins on a baking tray for ease of getting them in and out of the oven
:: Bake in a pre-heated oven at 140C (120C fan) for about 90 minutes-check they are cooked by doing the cake skewer thing
:: Allow to cool and them remove from the tins. Ideally I think you should wrap them in baking paper and then foil before storing, but I’ve just been storing mine in a cake tin, and they don’t seem to be drying out
I’m just pondering how best to decorate them, although as the eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted, a couple have already been eaten (I made 5, there are only
3 2 left), so it may not be an issue…