GBBO Mini Cakes with Mackays Jam

August 6, 2014Sew White

The Bake off is back on TV tonight and I of course making something to eat while watching is a must. I decided to make mini vanilla cakes with jam and buttercream. I love cakes with buttercream and jam! It is a small luxury and having a good tasty jam can really take a cake to a more yummier level.

I have been exploring the world of Mackays jam and I so happy to have tried a few of them now. I am also glad they have more flavours for me to try and use in baking soon πŸ™‚

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Here is the gorgeous raspberry jam ready to used. It looks so good and I like there are a few lumps and a few seeds for texture. It’s a soft set jam which works very well for spreading straight out of the jar. I hate jam which is rock hard!

The raspberries and strawberries are grown in Scotland for Mackays jam and have considered some of the best berries in the world. It’s nice to know the jam is made of quality fresh fruit.

I used the raspberry, strawberry and cherry jam as filling in these little cakes and it was a blind test. It turns out that we love them all and couldn’t come out with a favourite.
The flavours are strong enough to be easily identifiable and each work incredibly well in the cakes.

The Mackays jam is made in the old fashioned way in copper pots – I don’t envy the amazing people who have the task of washing up those pots!

I am becoming a bit addicted to little cakes, especially these mini Madeira cakes. They are so much quicker to make and a lovely portion size too. I used the lakeland 12 cup mini sandwich tin and used Lindy Smith’s 5 inch Madeira cakes recipe and it made a little too much so I made some cupcakes too.

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I sliced the little cakes into three sections so I could do a layer of jam and layer of butter cream between cake.

I loved the raspberry jam the best for these cakes. Cherry was a very close second and third was strawberry. To be honest they are all very tasty and work well. It is like having to pick the best of three very good jams! They are all lovely and work incredibly well with cake. We had them with scones too and they wow. Happy jam faces all around.

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How cute are these little cakes! They tasted great and was a good portion size and lovely to have at an afternoon tea party or even for a picnic!

I think the little sprinkle of icing sugar really worked making them even cuter.

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Mackays Jam is my now go to jam for cakes. Give it a try soon x


  • Fiona

    August 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    My mouth is watering! Your blog is so bad for my waistline but hey, it’s for the GBBO so it’s allowed, right?! Can’t wait to watch it tonight, enjoy your tasty treats! πŸ™‚

    Fiona @

    1. Sew White

      August 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Thank you Fiona! GBBO is very dangerous to waistlines throughout Britain!

  • Jenny

    August 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I am so looking forward to Bake Off tonight, these look like a great snack to enjoy whilst watching it.

    1. Sew White

      August 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you Jenny. The first episode was good. I can’t wait for next week πŸ™‚

  • Cat

    August 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    These look lovely! I have been inspired to make mini sponge cakes too after watching the show! I’m planning to do this at the weekend – I saw that when yours were on the cooling rack they had a slightly raised top but when they had the filling they were perfectly flat. Did you have to trim them or do you have another tip for getting the lovely flat top?
    Can you buy the jam in normal supermarkets or is it more specialist?
    Thanks πŸ™‚

    1. Sew White

      August 8, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you Cat. For the flat ones I cut the dome off sliced it for the jam and buttercream and placed them upside down so the flat bottom from the tin was on top so it was perfectly flat. I really liked them flat but when I made more for watching the bake off I kept them with the dome which looked really cute too! Especially sprinkled with icing sugar. Plus a little more cake to eat never hurt.
      The Mackays jam you can get in most supermarkets. It’s very tasty jam so beware πŸ™‚

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