Contrary to popular opinion, many people do like fruit cake and it’s not just the older generation. Fruit cake is one of my favourite cakes, as it is my 14-year-old sons! The secret, I think, is to have a really good recipe – try the one in my ‘Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible’ book, it often converts people that say they don’t like fruit cake!
The mini cake tins
I’ve just had a go at baking some mini fruit cakes in the lovely 5cm (2in) multi mini cake tins we stock here at Lindy’s Cakes. Manufactured in the UK, these cake tins come in three sizes: 5cm (2in), 6cm (2.5in) and 7.5cm (in) however for my trial I used the smallest size.
The cakes all turned out really well, so I thought I’d share a few hints and tips to help you with your baking. Regards the amount of mixture that you will need, I actually made my 20cm (8in) fruit cake recipe but only used half. I suggest if you only wanted to create 2in x 16 mini cakes, you use a recipe for a 15cm (6in) cake.
Lining the multi mini tins
To line the tins, I placed a sheet of baking paper over the base of the tin and then cut rectangular strips of paper for each ring and slotted them into place. I didn’t fold or cut the paper as I would a normal cake tin – far too fiddly!
Adding the cake mixture was a little messy but using a small spoon helped. I’ve found my children always love helping out at this stage!
Baking mini fruit cakes in the multi mini tins
I baked the mini cakes for an hour – 30 minutes at 150°C followed by 30 minutes at 120°C. Note: if you are using a fan oven you will need to reduce the temperature by 10 to 20 degrees.
Perfect! These baked mini fruit cakes are now in an airtight tin maturing and waiting to be decorated. I’ll let you see what I do with them anon.
Note: Wash your anodised aluminium multi mini tins by hand, do not place in a dishwasher!
Discover more about baking mini cakes
I originally wrote this blog in 2009 and since then I’ve baked many mini cakes, including a lot of mini fruit cakes. I’ve even dedicated a whole book to the subject of mini cakes. If you are taken by the concept of mini cakes, then why not add a copy of my ‘Mini Cakes Academy’ to your bookshelf! The book was a lot of fun to create and is jammed packed full of recipes and decorating ideas. Many of the designs can easily be used on larger cakes too.
I hope you feel inspired to bake and decorate
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