Mini Shining Star Christmas Cakes

Shine bright this Christmas with these glistening star Christmas cakes. Delightfully mini, they’re the perfect gift for friends and neighbours.

Prep:
60 min
Cook:
1.5 hrs
Serves:
4

Ingredients

Cake
  1. 175g butter
  2. 175g brown sugar
  3. 3 eggs, lightly whisked
  4. 1 tsp Queen Natural Almond Extract
  5. 1 tsp Queen Madagascan Vanilla Bean Paste
  6. 75g ground almonds
  7. 175g plain flour
  8. ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  9. 1 sachet Dr. Oetker Baking Powder
  10. 300g sultanas
  11. 175g dried cranberries
  12. 150g glace cherries
To decorate
  1. 2 tsp honey
  2. 200g marzipan
  3. 150g Dr. Oetker Ready to Roll Icing White
  4. Dr. Oetker Chocolate Silver Pearls

Method

  1. Step 1

    Place a roasting tin of cold water in bottom of oven then preheat to 150°C. Grease and line a 19cm square cake tin with baking paper and wrap outside of tin in a double layer of brown paper. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and
    sugar until pale then gradually beat in eggs and stir in Vanilla Bean Paste, Almond Extract and ground almonds.

  2. Step 2

    Sift flour, nutmeg and Baking Powder on top and add all fruit. Mix to combine and spoon into prepared tin. Smooth top and bake for 1 ½ hours until lightly browned and firm to touch. Allow to cool in tin before removing. Discard tin linings and wrap in fresh baking paper and foil and store for three days before decorating.

  3. Step 3

    When ready to decorate, discard wrapping. Using a 7cm round pastry cutter, push down on top of cake within 1cm of edge to make four circles – you may need to trim edges with a knife.

  4. Step 4

    Divide marzipan into four. On a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar, roll each piece into a circle to fit top of cake. Brush with honey, secure marzipan circle on top and trim to neaten.

  5. Step 5

    On a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar, roll out Ready to Roll Icing to 5mm thickness and cut four discs using pastry cutter. Using a star cutter, stamp out four stars from four discs of icing. Brush marzipan with a little water and secure Ready to Roll Icing discs on top of each cake. Carefully fill star cut outs with Chocolate Silver Pearls. To finish, secure a ribbon around each cake.