Easter Simnel Cake

simnel cake

EASTER SIMNEL CAKE has been eaten since medieval times as both a rich, sweet treat and a symbolic ritual. The fruit cake is topped with eleven marzipan balls to represent the eleven apostles of Christ, minus Judas. Packed with fruit, spices and marzipan, try making your own version of this classic Easter recipe.

For a traditional Simnel cake, make 11 small marzipan balls to place on the cake. Crumble the remaining marzipan mixture on the top of the cake and brush with apricot jam. Place the balls around the cake as in the picture.

Now turn the oven to 180ºC.  Place the cake back into the oven for about 10 minutes and bake further until the marzipan is brown. Remove, let it cool down completely and serve.

Marzipan Paste


Home-made Marzipan (Almond Paste):
125g Caster sugar
125g Ground almonds
1 Egg (beaten)
Half a teaspoon of almond essence