These little loaf cakes, packed with driied fruit and spice, are a lighter alternative to a traditional Christmas cake. You can simply dust them with icing suger, or decorate the with glace cherries and nuts as we have done here.
6 mini loaf paper cases (approximately 8cm x 4cm)
For an alternative topping, featuring a snowy white Christmas tree, try this. Dust a clean worksurface with a little white icing sugar then roll out 125g fondant icing until a couple of millimetres thick. Use a 8.5cm Christmas tree cutter (measured from the top of the tree to the base) and stamp out 6 trees, rerolling the icing as necessary. Brush the top of each cake with a little runny honey or warm apricot glaze and place a fondant tree on top of each. Carefully push a small silver ball into the point of each part of the Christmas tree. Dust lightly with icing sugar and serve.
Makes: 6 mini loaves