Mincemeat Christmas Cake

A festive Mincemeat Christmas Cake which is a great alternative to a more traditional fruit cake. A light sponge that still tastes like Christmas cake!
Mincemeat Christmas Cake

This cake is very easy to make and is a great way of using up any jars of mincemeat that you might have lying around, which is how I came to making it myself this week.  Not everyone likes the more traditional Christmas cake, made using lots of dried fruit and candid peel. My Mincemeat Christmas Cake, is a much lighter cake and yet still contains the flavours of a more traditional version and is much quicker to make too.

The sponge contains a whole orange too. I have used this method before with my Whole Orange Chocolate Cake based on a Mary Berry recipe, where you boil an orange until soft, and then after removing any pips, you blitz the entire orange in a food processor and use it as the base of your cake. I figured that this would work well in a Christmas cake because oranges are very festive in flavour and works well with mincemeat too. 

Once the cake was baked and cooled, I decorated it with some icing , flaked almonds and a sprig of holly toggle it amore festive look. 

The cake was light and moist and delicious. 

It tasted like Christmas; to me at least.

If you fancy trying this delicious cake yourself, the please find the recipe below.

Mincemeat Christmas Cake
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 12
  • 115g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 small orange with a thin skin
  • 2 eggs
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 1 jar of mincemeat
  • *Decoration*
  • 175g icing sugar
  • cold water
  • flaked almonds
  1. Place the orange in a pan and cover with boiling water and boil for 30 minutes until the skin softens. Be careful not to allow the pan to run out of water
  2. Once softened remove from the pan and allow to cool until just warm to the touch
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 180oC / 160o C (fan) and grease and line a loose bottomed 8 inch round cake tin
  4. Slice the orange in half and remove the pips. Place the pipless orange into a processor or blender and blitz to make a chunky textured orange sauce.
  5. Then into your food processor add your butter and sugar and mix well to cream them until soft and pale
  6. Add the eggs and beat again
  7. Finally add the flour and mincemeat and fold until combined
  8. Pour in to your prepared ti and bake for 45-50 mins
  9. When your cake has cooled, remove from your tin
  10. Make your icing by adding small drops of cold water to the icing sugar -you want a nice thick paste
  11. Spread over your now cold cake
  12. Decorate with flaked almonds (optional)

I have made video showing how easy this cake is to make

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8 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Oooh this looks delicious and far easier than a traditional Christmas cake. I’ve never thought of adding mincemeat to a cake!x

  2. Oooh yay I love a good Christmas recipe! I am making our cake over the weekend and cannot wait to get a bit more festive! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

  3. Oh my boys would love this but I am rubbish and as I don’t like mincemeat I don’t bake anything with it. Maybe I should get them baking something like this x

  4. I love how versatile mincemeat is and so easy to have a jar or two waiting in the cupboard. Great alternative to a traditional Christmas Cake (which I really need to get round to baking!) #BakeoftheWeek

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