Miniature Christmas Fruitcakes

Dee Tourville


My Grand mum was Irish Although she spent more years living in London with her English husband, my Grand Da, she didn't give up her Irish cooking or the telling
of Irish Tales. She always made Barmbrack ( Irish fruit cake)for Halloween. But at Christmas time she would ship these lovely little fruitcakes to her grandchildren in the States. She said "Tis a pity to take the whiskey out of my recipe but it's for the Wee ones"


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6 dozen mini fruitcakes
20 Min
25 Min


  • 1/2 c
    light molasses
  • 1/4 c
    juice from an orange
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 pkg
    raisins (15oz)
  • 1 lb
    mixed candied fruit
  • 1/2 c
  • 2/3 c
  • 3
  • 1 c
    = 2 tbs. of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • 1 tsp
    nutmeg, ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp
    allspice, ground
  • 1/4 tsp
    cloves, ground
  • 1/4 c
    whole milk
  • 1/2 c
    walnuts chopped

How to Make Miniature Christmas Fruitcakes


  1. In a saucepan, combine molasses, water and vanilla; add raisins and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in fruit; cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after adding each egg.
  4. Stir together dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.
  5. Stir in fruit mixture; mixing well. Fold in the nuts.
  6. Spoon into paper lined miniature muffin cups, filling almost to the top.
  7. Bake at 325 for 22-24 minutes or until cake test shows it is done.

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About Miniature Christmas Fruitcakes

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Irish

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