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Little Christmas Cakes With Royal Icing

Little Christmas Cakes With Royal Icing

Try these delicious miniature Christmas cakes by TV chef and author Lyndey Milan. It’s perfect for an alternative to the larger cake or pudding.

Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 15 minutes
Makes 35

INGREDIENTS
150g (1 cup) mixed dried fruit
75g (1/2 cup) chopped dates
75g (1/2 cup) chopped prunes
35g (1/4 cup) slivered almonds
60ml (1/4 cup) orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
150g (2/3 cup) brown sugar
75g (1/2 cup) plain flour
110g (3/4 cup) self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
160ml (2/3 cup) cold water
30g butter, melted

Royal icing
1 egg white
160g (1 cup) icing sugar, sifted

METHOD
Pre-oven to 180⁰C (160⁰C fan-forced).  Grease mini muffin tins.
Place mixed fruit, dates, prunes, almonds, orange juice and zest in a large bowl.  Add brown sugar, flours and spices and mix to combine.
Dissolve bicarb soda in cold water and stir through pudding mixture with melted butter.   Spoon into prepared tins , but not all the way to the top.  Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Allow to cool.
For Royal Icing, beat egg white and icing sugar together until smooth.
To decorate, drizzle or pipe royal icing over cakes.

COOK’S NOTES
These little cakes will keep in an airtight container for up to one month.

Written by Lyndey Milan

Lyndey Milan, OAM, Australian home cook hero, combines a thirst for life and a sense of fun with a love of good food and sparkling shiraz.
A familiar face on television and in print, she has been instrumental in changing the way Australians think and feel about food and wine for thirty years.
Hospitality of the table is her catchphrase, as evidenced by her numerous television appearances, nine best-selling books and countless culinary appearances over the years as she maintains her position at the forefront of Australian cuisine. Since 2011 Lyndey has hosted eight television series including Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia which won Best Food TV at The Gourmand World Awards in 2016.. The accompanying book won BEST TV Chef Cookbook in the World in English & Best Culinary Travel book in Australia in The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2015. In the Best of the Best judged at the Frankfurt Book Fair she came 3rd overall in the last 20 years!
She is an experienced traveller, hosting bespoke international tours and cruises.
In 2014 Lyndey was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day Honours List for services to hospitality, the food and wine industry and the community and in 2012 was made Vittoria Legend in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards. In 2019 she was honoured as Legend of the Vine by Wine Communicators Australia.
She is also the Food editor of TheCarousel.com. More at www.lyndeymilan.com

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