Individual Marzipan Fruitcakes
Individual Marzipan Fruitcakes
Try this quick and easy fruit cake recipe from Bake With Anna Olson.
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Technique Baking
  • Preparation Time 45 minutes
  • Cooking Time 30 minutes
  • Yield 24 servings
Ingredients
  • Fruit Base:
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped pitted prunes
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup whole unblanched almonds
  • ¾ cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Cake & assembly:
  • 1 recipe (425 g) marzipan paste, divided (homemade recipe follows)
  • 1 Navel orange
  • 3 tablespoons apple juice, plus extra for brushing
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Method
  1. For the fruit base, combine all of the dried fruits, almonds, apple juice, ginger, cardamom and pepper in a large mixing bowl or other container, cover and let sit at room temperature overnight or up to 24 hours, stirring once or twice.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 °F (160 °C). Grease 2 muffin tins.
  3. Cut 200 g of the marzipan into pieces and place in a food processor. Cut the navel orange into quarters (do not peel), remove any seeds and add this to the food processor. Pulse to blend. Add the apple juice, brown sugar and eggs and pulse until evenly blended.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the marzipan mixture to the flour and stir until blended. Add the soaked fruit and almonds (and any excess liquid that might remain) and stir in. Divide this between the 2 muffin tins (an ice cream scoop works best) and spread the batter if needed, to level the cakes. Bake for 30 minutes, until a tester inserted into the centre of one of the cakes comes out clean. Cool the fruitcakes in their tin for 20 minutes, then tip out and place onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. To decorate the fruitcakes, roll out the remaining 225 g of marzipan on a work surface lightly dusted with icing sugar, to a thickness of about 1/8-inch (3 mm). Use a cookie cutter that is the same diameter as the top of each fruitcake to cut out 24 discs – you can use a smaller cutter or piping tip to cut out a bit from the centre if you wish for added flair. Brush each marzipan piece with a little apple juice and press it gently onto the top of each fruitcake to secure it.

The fruitcakes will keep for a week in an airtight container, can be refrigerated for up to a month, or frozen up to 3 months.

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