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Mincemeat loaf cake

Mary Berry's Mincemeat Loaf Cakes

This classic mincemeat loaf cake recipe from Mary Berry is a very useful recipe for using up leftover mincemeat and makes two loaves - one for yourself and one for a friend! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Mary Berry's mincemeat loaf cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 407kcal
Author Mary Berry


  • 150 g soft butter
  • 225 g mincemeat
  • 150 g soft light brown sugar
  • 225 g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g Glace cherries
  • 100 g sultanas
  • 50 g blanched almonds or halved glace cherries for decoration


  • Preheat oven to 180/160Fan.
  • Grease and line 2 1lb (450g) loaf tins.
  • Simply mix all the ingredients except for the blanched almonds together until they are well incorporated.
  • Spoon the mixture into your loaf tins. Stud with the blanched almonds/halved cherries.
  • Bake for 1 hour if using 1lb loaf tins or 35-40 minutes for mini loaf tins or until the cakes are shrinking from the sides
  • ] and golden and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.


You can "feed" this cake with brandy or rum if desired - once the cakes are cool, poke little holes in the top of them with a skewer and drizzle over your alcohol of choice!
This recipes makes 2 1lb (450g) loaf cakes or 4 mini loaves. I used Wilton recipe right non stick mini loaf pan.