Simnel Cake

Simnel cakes are traditionally made to eat at Easter. A distinctive characteristic of this spicy fruit cake is the marzipan layer baked into the middle of the cake. The 11 marzipan balls that decorate the top are said to represent the true disciples of Jesus.

Free from Soya
Vegetarian

Ingredients

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  • CAKE
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 200g Doves Farm Organic Self Raising White Flour
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 150g butter
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g currants
  • 100g mixed glacé peel
  • TOPPING
  • apricot jam, warmed

Cake

  1. Line a 20cm/8" round deep, loose bottom cake tin with parchment.
  2. Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl, add the almonds and lemon juice and knead into a ball of marzipan paste. Divide the paste into three and roll one piece into a circle just larger than the cake tin. Place the tin on top and cut around the outside to make a perfect circle of marzipan. Cover and set aside all the marzipan.
  3. Pre-heat the oven.
  4. Sieve the flour, nutmeg and cinnamon into a bowl.
  5. Put the butter and sugar into another bowl and beat together until light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  7. Beat in the prepared flour.
  8. Stir in the currants and glacé peel.
  9. Tip half the mixture into the prepared tin.
  10. Place the prepared almond paste circle on top.
  11. Put the remaining cake mixture onto the paste and smooth the surface.
  12. Bake for 1½-1¾ hours. Keep an eye on the cake and if the top looks very brown cover it loosely with a piece of parchment. When a cocktail stick pressed into the centre of the cake comes out clean, it is cooked.
  13. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

Topping              

  1. Divide one piece of reserved marzipan into 11 pieces and roll each into a small ball.
  2. Roll the other piece into a circle just larger than the cake tin. Place the tin on top and cut around the outside to make a perfect circle of marzipan.
  3. Brush the top of the cold cake with warm apricot jam.
  4. Place the marzipan circle on top.
  5. Brush the base of each marzipan ball with a little warm jam and place them in a circle on the top of the cake.
  6. Place the cake under a hot grill or use a blow torch to lightly brown the marzipan.
  7. Decorate the cake with the ribbon.

Equipment

20cm/8" round deep, loose bottom cake tin, yellow ribbon

Temperature

150°C, Fan 130°C, 300°F, Gas 2

Cooking time

1½-1¾ hours
Excellent bake, really pleased!
By Mrs Alison Quirk
27 Apr 2017

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Ingredients

Change Quantities:
  • CAKE
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 1 lemon, squeezed
  • 200g Doves Farm Organic Self Raising White Flour
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 150g butter
  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g currants
  • 100g mixed glacé peel
  • TOPPING
  • apricot jam, warmed
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