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

Butter icing:

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!


Jeanette Mahon

AKA Smudgersnan

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Hi. I am new to this 'world' of same age surfers! I am keen to socialise in any format. I am a wife, mum and nanna. I love to sew, crochet, read and write. I also visit the pool (while I can!) to swim or attend aqua. I love my garden, although not the work that accompanies it-guess I like to gaze and admire more than digging and weeding! I believe in 'Use it, or lose it' so try to be active, despite my age. I love chocolate and wine, frequently please!

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11th Nov 2020
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16th Nov 2020
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thank must try them! They are a winner and keep for days in a tin, (not that they usually last that long!)
6th Nov 2020
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This sounds really yummy I must try it. Thank you for posting
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These sound wonderful Jeanette - if you have a photo of ones you have made email it to me and I can include it with your recipe 🙂 [email protected] 🙂
3rd Nov 2020
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Good morning Sally! Arh, no I don't...... (I'm not very good when it comes to capturing the moment with a pic). However, I may make some this weekend, so if I do, will forward a pic. I warn you, they are very 'morish!'

Jeanette x
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No problem 😀 I have zero will power so not sure if I could resist!

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