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Mincemeat Buns

Christmas, Small Cakes | 28th December 2012 | By


Having made such glorious scented chilli and chocolate mincemeat, I was keen to use it in various festive bakes. The first was a recipe I adapted from co-op’s in-store magazine and were made as a thank you to our lovely neighbours who take in our parcels with monotonous regularity and never complain.

This is how I made them:

  • Creamed 125g unsalted butter with 125g golden caster sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Broke in 2 duck eggs, beating well between each egg.
  • Added 1/3 teaspoon almond extract and beat some more.
  • Sifted in 125g self-raising white flour and 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda.
  • Spooned into 10 muffin cases.
  • Placed a heaped tsp of my homemade mincemeat on top.
  • Baked at 180C for 15 minutes until risen and golden.

They were so good, I made another batch to take to my 2nd festive party – in the rain! This time I added 1/2 a 1 lb jar of my mincemeat to the mix, instead of spooning on top and omitted the almond essence. I used my usual mix of half wholemeal spelt and half plain white flour with 1/4 tsp of baking powder added (which I didn’t first time around). These made 12 cakes and were even better than the first batch; I brought home an empty plate.


The most delicious of all the mincemeat bakes I made were for the 1st festive party, where it also rained, but I shall post those at a later date.

I am submitting these to Jac’s Bookmarked Recipes

I’ve made so many Christmas bakes with chocolate in this month, but keep forgetting to include them into this month’s Chocolatey Tea Time Treats, so I’m doing it now whilst I remember. Hosted this month by What Kate Baked, this is a toothsome challenge hosted alternately by Karen of Lavender and Lovage.


  1. Katie

    28th December 2012 at 7:54 am

    They look lovely and very festive. i thought at first you might have added saffron to the mix as the top photo looks so golden. Great idea, nice and light while still being festive

  2. Emmyw

    28th December 2012 at 8:24 am

    They sound delicious! I’m always trying to come up with new ways to use mincemeat.

  3. Foodycat

    28th December 2012 at 10:50 am

    Yum! And it makes me so happy that you call these buns and not cupcakes!

  4. Kit @ i-lostinausten

    28th December 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Yummy! Love the festive combo & look so good! 🙂

  5. Janice Pattie

    28th December 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Those look very tasty.

  6. My Golden Pear

    29th December 2012 at 7:26 am

    I love the sound of the chilli and chocolate mincemeat. Delicious

  7. Rachel Cotterill

    29th December 2012 at 9:59 am

    I love mincemeat! Yummy yum. Chilli & cchocolate sounds like an intriguing addition.

  8. Caroline

    29th December 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Oh, what a lovely way of using mincemeat – I particularly like the look of that second batch. Your mincemeat sounds divine too.

  9. Charlotte Charlotte'sKitchenDiary

    29th December 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Oh wow, these sound so good Choclette! I’ll be baking some with our leftover mincemeat!

  10. Kate@whatkatebaked

    29th December 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I concur, a brilliant way of using up leftover mincemeat (*rushes to rescue half used jars of mincemeat from back of cupboards*). Thank you very much for entering these into TTT!

  11. The Squishy Monster

    29th December 2012 at 7:49 pm

    What a lovely addition with the duck eggs…I wonder if I can find them here… =)

  12. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    29th December 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I can see me making something similar this week – I have one third of a jar of mince meat left. Happy New Year! xx

  13. Karen S Booth

    29th December 2012 at 11:54 pm

    LOVELY recipe Choclette and a perfect entry for Tea Time Treats too…..Karen xxx Happy New year!

  14. Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane

    30th December 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Ooh, these are nice. I always found mince pies too rich with too much filling and not enough crust/cake. This bridges the gap! Happy New Year 🙂

  15. The Caked Crusader

    30th December 2012 at 5:02 pm

    These are so cute – I like mincemeat in these quantities and with sponge

  16. Janice Pattie

    5th January 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Very good use for leftover mincemeat, much nicer than mince pies.


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