Easter Simnel Cake Recipe


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Treat the family to a traditional Simnel cake topped with delicious marzipan. The children can help make the cute nest of mini-egg chocolates on top!

Treat the family to a traditional Simnel cake topped with delicious marzipan. The children can help make the cute nest of mini-egg chocolates on top! Recipe by Britt Whyatt.

You will need:

Edibles:

To Decorate:

  • 500g mixed fruits
  • 100g mixed peel
  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 250g light brown sugar
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam
  • Marzipan
  • small bar of milk chocolate
  • mini eggs
  • blue ribbon

1

Line an (8in) round cake tin. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.

2

Add in the eggs and combine.

3

Add the flour and spices and beat together.

4

Finally mix in the fruits, mixed peel and apricot jam.

5

Roll out your marzipan onto a surface dusted with cornflour and cut out a circle the same size as your tin.

6

Pour half of your cake mix into your lined tin.

7

Place the circle of marzipan onto the mix.

8

Top with the remaining mixture and bake at 130°C for two and a half hours or until a skewer when inserted, comes away clean.

9

Once baked, leave to cool completely. Once cooled, flip your cake over so the bottom becomes the top, this makes for a nice, flat top to work on.


10

Brush the top of your cake with apricot jam.


11

Roll out another circle of marzipan, this time a little bigger than your cake.

12

Place carefully on top and pinch around the sides to create a wavy pattern.

13

Roll eleven balls of marzipan.

14

Place the marzipan balls on evenly then stick them down with a little apricot jam.

15

Carefully lift the cake and place it in the oven under the grill for 1-2 minutes or until the marzipan starts to brown.

16

Grate some chocolate to become a ‘nest’ and fill the nest with mini egg chocolates.

17

Place a ribbon and bow around your cake, fixing in place with double sided sticky tape.

Top Tip

  • Break off pieces of marzipan and weigh them so that all the balls will be the same size, for this cake, mine were 20g each.

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