Traditional Simnel Cake Recipe

A lovely recipe to relieve the munchies at Easter tea time. Traditionally, Simnel cake was made for Mothering Day. Girls working in service were allowed to use the leftover dried fruits from the Christmas celebrations to make this cake as a present for their mothers. Nowadays, Simnel cakes are often made for Easter.

Customer Rating:
5.0 (3 votes)
1 Customer Review(s)

Posted by: pip phillips
On:

Cuisine

British

Time

1 - 2 hrs

Skill Level

Advanced

Serves

10

Courses etc.

Baking Sweet

You will need

IngredientAdd
For the almond paste or marzipan:
250g/9oz caster sugar

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
250g/9oz ground almonds

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
2 free-range eggs, beaten

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
1 tsp almond extract

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
Alternatively, use 500g of ready-made marzipan

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
For the cake:
175g/6oz butter OR

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
175g/6oz diary free spread

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
175g/6oz dark muscovado sugar

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
3 free-range eggs, beaten (as above)
175g/6oz plain flour

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
pinch of salt

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
½ tsp ground mixed spice (optional)

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
350g/12oz mixed raisins, currants and sultanas

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
55g/2oz chopped mixed peel

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
½ lemon, grated zest only

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
1 to 2 Tbsp apricot jam OR

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
1 to 2 Tbsp damson jam

Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand

More products
1 free-range egg, beaten for glazing (as above)

Need help converting measurements? View our recipe measurement conversion tables here.

Method

  • For the almond paste:
  • Place the sugar and ground almonds in a bowl.
  • Add enough beaten egg and mix to a fairly soft consistency.
  • Add the almond essence and knead for one minute until the paste is smooth and pliable.
  • Roll out a third of the almond paste to make a circle 18cm/7in in diameter and reserve the remainder for the cake topping.
  • For the cake:
  • Preheat oven to 140C/275F/Gas 1. Grease and line a 18cm/7in cake tin.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in the eggs until well incorporated and then sift in the flour, salt and mixed spice (if using) a little at a time.
  • Finally, add the mixed dried fruit, peel and grated lemon zest and stir into the mixture.
  • Put half the mixture into a greased and lined 18cm/7in cake tin.
  • Smooth the top and cover with the circle of almond paste.
  • Add the rest of the cake mixture and smooth the top leaving a slight dip in the centre to allow for the cake to rise.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 1¾ hours. Test by inserting a skewer in the middle - if it comes out clean, it is ready.
  • Once baked, remove from the oven and set aside to cool on a wire rack.
  • Brush the top of the cooled cake with the jam. warmed or diluted in 1 Tbsp hot water.
  • Divide the remainder of the almond paste in half; roll out a circle to cover the top of the cake with one half and form 11 small balls with the other half.
  • Place the circle of paste on the jam glaze and set the balls round the edge. Brush the cake topping with a little beaten egg.
  • Preheat the grill to high. Place the cake onto a baking tray and grill for 1-2 minutes, or until the top of the marzipan begins to brown.
  • Alternatively, lightly heat the cake topping using a cook's blow torch, until the marzipan is golden-brown.

Please rate this recipe and/or send us your comments or questions

Write a review

E-mail:

Customer comments

Added ByComment
michelleLove the picture ! And the recipe is fairly straight forward too, I will definitely give it a go this Easter. With loads of flowers like yours !

Shopping List

Free Range Eggs Medium
Oxenrig (6eggs)
£0.99
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Unsalted Welsh Butter Gluten Free, ORGANIC
Calon Wen (250g)
£3.19
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Plain White Flour ORGANIC
Doves Farm (1Kg)
£1.39
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Fine Sea Salt
Real Foods
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Ground Mixed Spice
Real Foods
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Mixed Vine Fruit Raisin,Sultana & Currants No..
Real Foods
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Mixed Peel Orange & Lemon
Real Foods
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Lemon ORGANIC
Real Foods (each)
£0.75
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Natural Colour Marzipan
Real Foods
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Ground Almonds ORGANIC
Real Foods
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Almond Extract
Medicine Flower (14ml)
£21.95
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Damson Jam Reduced Sugar
Thursday Cottage (315g)
£2.55
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Thick Apricot Fruit Spread
St. Dalfour (284g)
£2.55
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Sunflower Spread Vegan
Pure (500g)
£2.35
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Caster Sugar ORGANIC
Real Foods
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand
Dark Raw Cane Muscovado Sugar
Real Foods
Temporarily unavailable due to high coronavirus demand