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Simnel Cake Recipe

This rich ornamental cake is made especially at Easter. The 11 marzipan balls represent the 11 disciples of Christ, excluding Judas.


1 large cake


10 minutes

Cooking time:

1 hour


For the topping:


1. Line and grease a 18cm diameter round cake tin. Cream the margarine and sugar, gradually beat in the eggs. Fold in the mixed fruit, glacé cherries, mixed peel, spices, lemon rind and flour. If the mixture is too firm add the milk. Spoon half of the cake mixture into the tin. Roll out the 75g of marzipan to a 18cm circle, and place this onto the cake mixture.

2. Cover with the remaining cake mixture. Cover with foil. Bake at 180°C/gas mark 4 for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden. Remove the cake from the tin and allow to cool. You can freeze the cake for another time at this point if you like.

3. Use two thirds of the marzipan to make a further 18cm circle. Use the remaining marzipan to make 11 small balls.

4.Brush the top of the cake with jam and place the circle of marzipan over. Arrange the balls around the edge of the cake, fixing them with the remaining jam. Place under a hot grill until the marzipan begins to turn brown. Tie a yellow ribbon around the cake and decorate with flowers.

Recipe courtesy of the Vegetarian Society. For more recipes, visit

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