Fig and Pistachio Baked Bean Tin Christmas Cakes

These Fig and Pistachio Baked Bean Tin Christmas Cakes are the perfect Christmas treat.

Christmas cake is a little bit like marmite, you either love it or you hate it.  Personally, I absolutely love it.  There’s nothing better than sitting down to a slab of Christmas cake and a hunk of crumbly cheese (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!), utter bliss.  Unfortunately, in my family I’m a minority.  There’s only two of us that partake in the fruity number, often meaning a full cake goes to waste.

Fig and pistachio Christmas cakes baked in baked bean tins.

That’s where these adorable little buggers come into their own. These Fig and Pistachio Baked Bean Tin Christmas Cakes are individually portioned and bloody adorable to boot! Not only do you get a super cute Christmas cake to enjoy, sans waste, but you also get a handful to give away as gifts.  Talk about your win win situation. Wrap them in cellophane and finish off with a festive ribbon, you’ll be remembered for years to come.

When Waitrose contacted me, asking me to put a fun spin on a traditional Christmas cake recipe I just knew I had to bust out the baked bean tins.

Fig and pistachio Christmas cakes baked in baked bean tins.

All you need to make these little cakes are eight mini bean tins, empty of course.  Any Christmas cake recipe will work for this method but I’ve included my favourite below.  There’s just something about the combination of fig and pistachio that just gets me salivating.

Fig and pistachio Christmas cakes baked in baked bean tins.

If you’d like to try out any more fun Christmas baking ideas why not check out Waitrose, Christmas puddings with a twist.

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Fig and pistachio christmas cake

Fig and Pistachio Baked Bean Tin Christmas Cakes

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  • Author: Katie Deacon
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 8 cakes 1x


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For the fruit base:

  • 75g dried apricots, chopped
  • 75g medjool dates, chopped
  • 250g mixed dried fruit & peel
  • 125g dried figs, chopped
  • 100g glace cherries, halved
  • Zest and juice of an orange
  • 50ml spiced rum

For the cake:

  • 150g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g dark brown sugar
  • 3tbsp honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100g pistachio nuts
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp mixed spice


  1. The night before you bake your cake prepare the fruit.  Place all of the dried fruits and cherries into a large bowl along with the orange zest, juice and rum.  Give it a quick stir before covering with cling film and setting aside overnight.  By the next day all the liquid should have been absorbed and the fruit nicely plump with booze.
  2. Preheat the oven to 150C and line your mini bean tins with baking parchment, make sure the paper comes a few inches above the rim of the tins.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar together till light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition then pour in the honey.  Mix in the flour and spices followed by the soaked fruit and pistachio nuts until evenly distributed.  Fill each tin to just below the rims and bake for 1hr 30mins until dark brown and firm to the touch.  Allow to cool in the tins.
  4. Once cool tip the little cakes out of their tins, drizzle a teaspoon of spiced rum over each cake before wrapping them in a layer of baking paper followed by a layer of tin foil.  Keep in a dark place, feeding with half a teaspoon of rum per cake until ready to decorate.
  5. To decorate your cakes simply level with a bread knife and top with a thin layer of marzipan and fondant icing.  Jazz them up with some cute Christmas decorations, wrap with cellophane and ribbons and spread the joy.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes plus overnight soaking
  • Cook Time: 1hr 30 minutes
  • Category: Christmas
  • Cuisine: Baking


  1. Caz
    November 21, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    These look amazing! I love Christmas Cake and these don't sound too difficult to make :)Caz | thisiscaz

  2. Laurie
    August 19, 2016 / 10:17 am

    It looks so delicious, but I'd love to make it for my kids this weekend, and maybe at the Christmas this year. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. December 5, 2023 / 8:20 pm

    More photos would be helpful. What is a bean tin? 😂. USA baker here, and clueless! These sound wonderful.

    • December 11, 2023 / 10:23 am

      Hi Laura, these were baked in a small (150g) baked bean tin which I’m unsure if you can get in the US. If you google 150g Heinz bean tin it will show up the size you need.

      Katie xo

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