One of the best cakes I baked and one of the best I tasted,thanks to Sweet and simple bakes. I was doubtful whether I could do the challenge this month. It was a “no” till saturday. But then I did not want to miss this month too. So saturday, when I went for shopping, I wanted to get the vegeterian minced meat because there was no time to make one now. I searched all over the place and finally found some packets of christmas puddings and the ingredients were almost the same as Maria had mentioned in the recipe. So I bought it.
And then I baked the cake yesterday. First I was baking this at the last minute and second I was not sure whether I had all the ingredients( was in a hurry). So I made a little changes to the quantity of the ingredients. But the cake tasted great. The meat definitely imparts a great taste to the cake as the ingredients of the meat was soaked in brandy and then adding lots of other nuts , the cake had an authentic taste of that of the christmas cake.
Next time ,I do this, I am going to make the Vegeterian minced meat at home.
I did not have much time for decorating the cake. I just did whatever I could do at that moment. But I was happy with the result.
You can refer the recipe here too. Worth trying friends, you will love it.
- Mix the butter and sugar till it is creamy. Beat the eggs and mix it to the mixture. Then add the flour and mix well. Now mix rest of the ingredients. Mix everything together.
- Spray the cake pan with a non stick spray and then line with a baking paper. Now pour the batter in the cake tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 180c for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- I mixed equal amount(a tbsp) of butter and icing sugar and a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a pinch of coffee powder (for dark colour and flavour). I spread this over the cake. Finally I decorated with pink dots with readymade pink icing I bought from the stores.
For the decoration
If you would like to make the vegeterian minced meat at home, heres the recipe for it as given by Maria.
To make 2 Ib mincemeat
- Add all the ingredients into a large bowl and soak overnight covering with a clean cloth. Mix thoroughly through together either with a large spoon or clean hands. Cover over with a clean tea towel and leave to stand for 24 hours giving the mixture a good stir as you pass by. Next day pack the mincemeat into sterilised jars, and top with greaseproof paper jam covers. Seal the jars tightly and store in a cool place.
*Note*: if you choose not to use glace cherries make the weight up with mixed dried fruit instead. If you wish not to add alcohol use apple juice or orange juice instead. We have given a recipe here for mincemeat without suet, but should you wish to use either beef or vegetable suet in this recipe omit the melted butter.