Mincemeat & Marzipan Loaf

Close your eyes and it could be Christmas Cake! Nearly.

I made two batches of this yummy loaf last night. Taken from the WI website (view here), it is is no way vintage. For this part I am ashamed but it’s just so quick and tasty I couldn’t resist! Plus, the fat cubes of marzipan and swirls of mincemeat make it a fab substitute to Christmas Cake should your Nigella hat be a bit skewed this festive season.

Happy Christmas to all cake-spot followers and a very special thank you to photographer Camilla for a wonderful year in cake. See you in 2011!

Mincemeat and Marzipan Loaf


  • 115g/4oz wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 115g/4oz self-raising flour, sieved
  • 115g/4oz butter, cut into pieces
  • 85g/3oz dark brown sugar
  • 115g/4oz marzipan, cut into cubes
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 200g/7oz mincemeat
  • Topping – 2tbsp demerara sugar


  1. Place flours into a bowl, add butter and rub in until fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Stir in sugar and marzipan, mix well.
  3. Beat eggs together, then add with mincemeat to dry ingredients, combine evenly.
  4. Turn mixture into greased and lined 1kg (2lb) loaf tin. Sprinkle top with demerara sugar.
  5. Bake in an electric oven at 180°C/gas mark 4/ fan oven 160°C for 50-60 minutes, until well risen and golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, before placing on a wire rack to cool completely. Delicious warm.

Published in: on December 23, 2010 at 10:29 am  Comments (4)  

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  1. This cake is truly scrumptuous. It has a crusty topping but moist inside. It’s a bit addictive.

    Thanks for letting us try it out – it’s a winner!!


  2. Diet just went out the window with a 2 slice tester – really, really delicious! The melt in your mouth cubes of marzipan and the crunch of demerara sugar were a new taste sensation for me. Highly recommended!

  3. Wow people have made this already.

    This is exactly what I was waiting for, ( I have some alternative mincemeat left over )

    Thank you lots and have a happy christmas


  4. Had this today at the Women’s Library Wi Craft Day. Our Elizabeth made it, and very delicious it was too.

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