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Gluten Free Simnel Cake

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For gluten free, vegan and casein free Easter baking this Simnel cake recipe uses gluten free flour but no eggs, milk or dairy products. A traditional part of the Easter celebration Simnel cakes are a spicy fruit cake with a marzipan layer baked into the middle. The 11 marzipan balls that decorate the top are said to represent the true disciples of Jesus.

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Unit of measurement


300 gGround Almonds
300 gIcing Sugar
2 Lemons Rind & Juice
1 Eating Apple
125 gSunflower Oil
150 gBrown Sugar
75 mlWater
½ tspGrated Nutmeg
½ tspGround Cinnamon
1 tspXanthan Gum
1 tspBaking Powder
175 gGluten Free Plain Flour or Rice Flour
200 gCurrants
100 gMixed Glace Peel
1 tbspApricot Jam


  1. Mix together the almonds, sugar, lemon rind and lemon juice and form into two balls of dough. Cover and set these aside.
  2. Grate the whole apple into a bowl and the sugar and oil then beat vigourously.
  3. Add the water, nutmeg, cinnamon, xanthan gum and baking powder beating vigourously again.
  4. Mix in the flour, currants and peel.
  5. Press half the mixture into a greased and lined 20cm/8” round deep sprinform tin.
  6. Take one ball of the almond paste, roll or pat it into a 22cm/9” circle and place it on top of the cake mixture.
  7. Spread the remaining cake mixture on top of the almond paste.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 1¾/2 hours.
  9. Allow the cake to cool then run a knife around the cake edges and turn it out from its tin..
  10. Brush the top of the cold cake with the apricot jam.
  11. Take the second ball of almond paste and break off enough to make 11 marble sized pieces.
  12. Roll out the remaining almond dough into a circle 20cm/8” round using the spring form tin base as a guide.
  13. Place the almond dough circle on top of the apricot jam.
  14. Press the 11 balls of almond paste onto the top of the cake, moistening the base of each slightly if the do not stick.

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Temperature & cooking time:
160ºC/Fan 140º/300ºF/Gas Mk3 for 1¾/2 hours

Dietary status:
Without Dairy, Without Egg, Without Gluten, Without Soya, Vegan, Without Wheat.

Please note: Dietary status is a guideline only. If you have a food allergy, please check the suitability of your ingredients.

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By Mrs Eleanor Wastie

02 Apr 2015 | 16:24 UTC

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My daughter made this and we knew it would all disappear quickly! Really good cake - the best Simnel cake I've tasted....

By Mrs Claire Ewers

24 Apr 2014 | 16:48 UTC

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Lovely hubby made this for me as an Easter treat and I have to say that it was quite simply the best simnel cake that I have ever tasted! Very scrummy indeed :)