Easter Simnel Cake
CREDIT: TheGayUK

This traditional Easter fruit cake is a personal favourite mainly because it’s topped with toasted marzipan and also cooked with a layer of marzipan inside. The top is traditionally decorated with 11 marzipan balls to represent the 12 apostles (minus Judas), however I personally prefer to make a marzipan plait but you can decorate with chocolate eggs if you like. Either way it’s a great almond cake that gives you a chance to use up the marzipan and bags of fruit left over from the Christmas cake…

Easter Simnel Cake
CREDIT: TheGayUK

Cooking Time: 1hr 45mins (Pre heat the oven to 150c)

You Will Need: A 20cm or 8’ cake tin lined with greaseproof paper.
Ingredients:

250g Butter

250g Dark Soft Brown Sugar

250g Plain Flour

4 Eggs

Pinch Salt

1.5 tsp Mixed Spice

450g Raisins & Sultanas

70g Mixed Peel

1 Lemon Zest

Apricot Jam

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450g Marzipan
Method:

1) Cream the butter and the sugar together in a bowl.

2) Mix in the eggs one at a time

3) Add the flour, salt and mixed spice and mix in

4) Finally add the raisins, sultanas, mixed peel and zest of a lemon mixing for a final time

5) Place half the mixture into your prepared tin and spread out flat

6) Next add a layer of marzipan to the uncooked mix leaving a 1cm space around the edge.

7) Next add the remaining mixture on top of the marzipan and level off the top. Place into the pre-heated oven and cook for 1hr and 45mins.

8) Once cooked leave out to cool before pasting the top of the cake with a hot apricot jam (40 seconds in a microwave should be enough). Whilst the apricot is sticky add a layer of marzipan and any marzipan decorations you wish to add to the top. Place the cake under a hot grill until the marzipan starts to turn a golden brown.

9) Again leave to cool before adding any chocolate eggs or serving with a cup of tea.