Simnel Cake Recipe

Simnel Cake Recipe

Ingredients : Makes one 20cm round cake

225 g

225 g


500 g

115 g

45 ml

275 g

15 ml

5 ml

675 g



Butter, softened

Caster sugar

Eggs. beaten

Mixed dried fruit

Glace cherries

Sherry (optional)

Plain flour

Mixed spice

Baking powder

Yellow marzipan

Egg yolk, beaten

Ribbons, sugared eggs and sugar paste animal. to decorate

Method :
  • Preheat the oven to 160oC/325oF/Gas 3. Grease a deep 20cm round cake tin, line with a double thickness of greaseproof and grease the paper.
  • Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat the eggs. Stir in the dried fruit, glace cherries and sherry, if using. Sift over the flour, mixed spice and baking powder, then fold in.
  • Roll out half the marzipan to a 20cm round. Spoon half of the cake mixture into the cake tin and place the round of marzipan on top. Add the other half of the cake mixture and smooth the surface.
  • Bake for 2 1/2 hours, or until golden and springy to the touch. Leave in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack, peel off the lining paper and leave to cool.
  • Roll out the reserved marzipan to fit the cake. Brush the cake top with egg yolk and place the marzipan on top. Flute the edges and make a pattern on top with a fork. Brush with more egg yolk. Put the cake on a baking sheet and grill for 5 minutes to brown the top lightly. Cool before decorating.

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