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Simnel Cake

March 31, 2012
Happy Mother’s DayMy mummy loves marzipan, so I thought why not make her a Mothering Sunday traditional cake.  The Simnel Cake has a pretty interesting story to it, apparently the 11 marzipan balls are meant to represent the 11 apostles of Jesus minus Judas.  I bursted out laughing when I found this out so had to make it.

This recipe was adapted from ‘Good Housekeeping’ (April, 2011).


225g (8oz) softened Butter (plus extra to grease), 225g Self – Raising Flour (plus extra to line cake tin), 2 tbsps. Ground Mixed Spice, 240g (8.5oz) Mixed Dried Berries, 150g (5oz) Light Muscavado Sugar, 50g (2oz) Golden Syrup, finely grated zest of 2 Lemons, 4 medium Eggs lightly beaten, (recommended) 500g (1lb 2oz) Marzipan, 3tbsps Blueberry Jam, 0% Fat Greek Yoghurt.

Method:1. Sift the flour in a large bowl.
2. Stir in the spice and the dried fruit.
3. Put the butter, sugar, syrup and lemon zest into another large bowl and mix.
4. Add the eggs in slowly and mix for roughly 3 minutes.
5. Fold the wet mixture into the flour mixture.
6. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C / 150 degrees fan / gas mark 3.
7. Prepare a cake tin with butter and flour, scatter the butter on the top of the butter then rub it in.
8. Pour mixture into tin.
9. Bake for 1 hour.
10. After 1 hour cover with tin foil and then bake for 25 minutes.
11. The cake will be done when the metal utensil comes out clean after being inserted into the cake. (Do not do this after a short amount of time or your cake will sink.)
12. Scatter icing sugar on table surface and roll out enough marzinpan to cover the cake and to crimp the edges.
13. Heat up the jam until it is runny and spread on the top of the cake, but leave enough to stick on the marzipan balls.
14. Break off some more marzipan from the pack and make 11 small balls. Use jam to stick these on the cake.
15. Serve to your mother whilst singing a happy song and with some low fat greek yoghurt.

Saffy’s Best Moments:

1. My marzipan decoration kept going wrong so from a birdseye view I wanted to make it look like a crown.

2.  The cake was moist and my decision to reduced the amount of dried fruit and sugar recommended by the magazine paid off, because I used extra spices instead.  It’s the Birdspeed/ West Indian Way 🙂

3. I enjoyed sharing funny Bible stories and singing to mum.


From → Baking, Desserts

  1. this was AMAZING 😀 thanks for sharing neighbour Xx

  2. Lol Thank you! No Problem Neighbour! xxxx

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