Easter Simnel Cake

by Mark Wasserman
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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.

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Easter Simnel Cake

Simnel fruit cake is topped with 11 marzipan balls to represent the eleven apostles of Christ, minus Judas. Recipes Easter Simnel Cake European Print This
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

110g Butter
3 Eggs (beaten)
110g Soft brown sugar
150g Cake flour
Pinch of salt
350g Mixed raisins, currants and sultanas
55g Chopped mixed peel
Half a lemon rind (grated)
2 Tablespoons of apricot jam
Half a teaspoon of ground mixed spice
Marzipan paste (Bought or homemade)

Ingredients For The Marzipan Paste

125g Caster sugar
125g Ground almonds
1 Egg (beaten)
Half a teaspoon of almond essence

Instructions

Method For Making The Cake

PRE-HEAT the oven to 140ºC. Grease and line an 18cm tin. Combine the butter, eggs and sugar and beat until pale and fluffy. Mix in the flour, salt and the mixed spice. Add the fruit mix, lemon rind and mixed peel. Spoon half of the batter into a greased cake tin and smooth down. Cover with a layer of the marzipan and add the remaining cake mixture and smooth the top. Place in the oven for one hour and thirty minutes. Remove from the oven, put to one side and let it cool down. Now make your marzipan paste.

Method For Making the Marzipan Paste

PLACE the sugar and ground almonds in a bowl and add enough beaten egg to give the mixture a fairly soft consistency. Add the almond essence and knead until it becomes smooth and pliable.

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

Ingredients

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

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