Simple Simnel Cake

Happy Easter! I left making this easter cake incredibly late this year so apologies for uploading an easter recipe when it’s possibly too late to make it…. but the thought was there. You see unlike it’s christmas counter part, this fruit cake doesn’t have to be soaked in alcohol for months on end, so you can (much like me) make it the day before or even the morning before the festivities…



175g unsalted butter
175g caster sugar
225g plain flour
25g ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
100g glace cherries
500g mixed fruit
Zest of one lemon
3 eggs
2 tbsp milk
1kg marzipan
Icing sugar (for rolling)
Apricot jam
1 egg white



  • First off butter and line your tin with baking parchment just to get the faffing out of way
  • Next chop the cherries in half and add them to the rest of the fruit
  • Cream together the butter and the sugar, don’t worry about mixing for hours and hours, since it’s a fruit cake you don’t have to worry about whipping loads of air into the mixture. Then add the zest of the lemon to this mixture
  • Mix all the dry ingredients into another bowl and add this two table spoons at a time to the butter and sugar, each time adding one of the eggs.
  • Once the three eggs are added, tip in the rest of the dry ingredients and then fold in the fruit
  • The next bit is up to you…
  • You can either chop 400g grams of marzipan into small cubes and then stir that in, or go down the more complicated route and layer a circle of marzipan in the middle of the cake
  • For the later just roll out the marzipan to the size and shape of the cake tin, add half the mixture and then top it with the marzipan before adding the rest of the mix
  • Give the cake half an hour at 200° before then turning it down to 150° for an hour and a half
  • For the top of the cake I went traditional, a layer of marzipan topped with 11 balls represented the apostles (Judas is persona non grata)
  • For this just melt some jam the in the microwave and brush it over the top before adding the layer of marzipan
  • After adding the apostles brush the whole cake with some egg white
  • If you are in possession of a blow touch lightly scorch the top, and if not just but it under the grill for a few minutes, although be careful this can result in very flat apostles


If you are strapped for time or just prefer the idea of mini simnel cakes, divide the mixture into cup cake cases. They will take half the time to cook and once all piled up with some mini eggs and those fluffy yellow chicks made from pipe cleaners, I am sure they will look just as impressive.

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