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Marzipan and Mincemeat Cake

It’s all been getting a bit deep and meaningful, what with Changing the World, and Sustainable Resolutions.
Time to lighten up and change the world in a different but nonetheless important way, with cake 🙂

This is an awesome recipe, because not only is it cake (and it’s January, and everyone is back to work/school, and in NEED of cake), but it also uses up a couple of bits that you might have kicking around after Christmas, namely, that half pack of marzipan leftover from icing the Christmas cake, and that half a jar of mincemeat left from the mince pies!

This bake was inspired by lovely Kate from A Playful Day and a beautiful picture she posted on Instagram of her marzipan muffins (is it just me who thinks that sounds vaguely snigger-worthy..?). She said she had adapted Nigella’s Almond Cake into muffin form, so I hot-footed it off to Google to search for the recipe.
This is my version:

Marzipan and mincemeat cake-P

This is what you need:

  • 250g butter
  • 250g marzipan
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • grated zest of an orange (if it’s a blood orange you get bonus seasonal eating points in January 😉
  • 6 free range eggs
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • mincemeat-the amount depends on how much you have to use up! I used about 200g I think-I just kept stirring it in until it looked ‘about right’

Marzipan and mincemeat cake-ingred

This is what you do:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 170C (160C fan)
  • Whiz up the butter, marzipan and caster sugar in a food processor until it’s a gooey paste
  • Add the almond extract and orange zest and whiz again
    Marzipan and mincemeat cake-whiz
  • Add the eggs one at a time, whiz, and then add the flour
  • Stir in the mincemeat by hand (otherwise it gets all mushed up)
  • I then slopped mine into a bundt mould (one of the ones with a hole in the middle) but this would work equally well as a normal round cake, or muffins like Kate made
    Marzipan and mincemeat cake-bundt
  • Bake in the oven-large cake/bundt should take about 40-50 mins (check after 40mins), and I would think muffins would be about 2-25 mins (although do the old skewer test to make sure they are cooked through)Marzipan and mincemeat cake-spoon

I am something of a marzipan addict, so the concept of leftover marzipan is a little alien to me, as I have been known to eat it straight from the packet. However, half a block had somehow escaped my attention (presumably distracted by all the other Christmas fare!), so this was a perfect way to use it up before it started to go hard.
It has been suggested to me on Instagram, that I could have made my own marzipan, and I think I might have a go-has anyone tried?
And if you have any other great recipes for using up mincemeat, do share, and I might do a round up if I get enough 🙂

Happy cake eating!

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  • Reply So Many Plans | Westwick Dreaming March 20, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    […] Make this amazing looking leftover mincemeat and marzipan cake from Make Do and Mend. – http://mymakedoandmendlife.com/2016/01/07/marzipan-and-mincemeat-cake/ […]

  • Reply Angela Almond January 7, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I like the Crank’s Restaurants Belgian Cake http://ni.lovefoodhatewaste.com/node/428 been making this one for years

    • Reply Jen January 7, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      That sounds good-thanks for sharing!

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