Alternative Christmas Puddings
Chocolate Orange cake balls
(AKA Alternative Christmas Puddings)
150g butter, softened
150g castor sugar (Golden is best, but white will do)
3 eggs, beaten
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
125g self raising flour, sifted
25g cocoa powder, sifted
Grated zest of 1 orange and 1 tablespoon of orange juice
75g butter, softened
150g icing sugar, sifted
25g cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of milk
75g Good quality Dark Chocolate
75g Good quality White chocolate
Decorations ( i.e. silver balls or similar )
Oven to 180
Grease suitable dish ( any oven proof dish will do)
Line with greaseproof paper
Beat together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence, flour and orange zest and juice until smooth. Place in tin/dish and bake for 25-30mins. Leave to cool in tin/dish.
Prepare butter icing by beating butter until soft and add half the icing sugar and beat again until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar and cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon of milk. Beat again until soft.
When the cake is cooled, crumble with a fork into a bowl. Add the chocolate icing and bind. Dust your hands with icing sugar and roll the mix into little walnut-sized balls and leave them to set.
Melt the dark and white chocolate. Place mini puddings on a wire rack (or in petit four cases) and drizzle over the topping. Decorate as you wish.
Makes between 25-30
I promise you, these little ‘mini’ alternative puddings are a hit with everyone at Christmas time. Not everyone likes traditional Christmas puddings, so I made these years ago for my grandchildren, but it was the adults who asked for more!
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