Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Ninth Make for Christmas - Mincemeat Cake

Don't forget my giveaway over here.

Today's make is anther bake, it is adapted from a recipe in 'What's Cooking on St Helena' a recipe book that as far as I am aware is not available other than on the island. It is full of classic 'Saint' dishes as well as a WI-style sensible range of soups, cakes, preserves etc. Most importantly it doesn't include fancy ingredients that you can't get here.

Mincemeat Cake

All the taste of Christmas without any of the fiddling about rolling out pastry. A great alternative if you haven't made a traditional Christmas cake.

Difficulty: As Easy Peasy as you can possibly get. If you can switch on the oven, you can make this cake!

You will need:

5oz / 140g soft margarine
5oz / 140g dark brown sugar
2 eggs
8oz / 225g self raising flour
3oz / 85g currents
1lb / 450g jar of mincemeat
1oz / 28g flaked almonds

Scales, mixing bowl, wooden spoon, 8 inch / 20cm cake tin, baking paper, oven.

Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas 3. Grease and line the cake tin with baking paper. Beat together the margarine and sugar. Add all the other ingredients except the almonds and beat until blended. Spoon into the tin and smooth the top. Arrange the almonds on top in a manner that pleases you. Bake for about 1 hour 20 mins until golden and shrinking away from the sides of the tin.

Leave to cool before turning out and removing the baking paper.




  1. I think I could just about manage this, given my cooking skill level. Yummy too!