How to make simnel cake

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  • Simnel cake is a traditional Easter bake and in this recipe we show you how to make Simnel cake in a really easy and convenient way. Follow our step-by-step guide to learn how to make Simnel cake this easter. Simnel cakes are a classic during bake, so if you’re tempted to make one this year, our handy step-by-step guide should help you produce perfect results.

    Simnel cakes are traditionally made for the family to share on Easter Sunday, They are topped with 11 marzipan balls that represent the twelve apostles, minus Judas – who betrayed Jesus.

    Marzipan isn’t just used to top the cake, the traditional fruit cake is given a burst of flavour by the hidden marzipan centre and the slightly toasted marzipan topping.

    Our classic Simnel cake is made in a round cake tin but you can make yours in a square one, loaf tin or even make it into bite-sized cupcakes – the choice is yours.


    For this Easter recipe you will need:

    • 250g butter, softened
    • 250g light soft brown sugar
    • 4 medium eggs
    • 250g self-raising flour
    • 2 level tsp mixed spice
    • 250g sultanas
    • 125g currants
    • 175g glacé cherries
    • 125g ready-to-eat dried figs, chopped
    • Grated zest of 1 lemon
    • Grated zest of 2 oranges
    • 2 x 500g packs white marzipan
    • 2tbsp ground almonds
    • 11 flaked almonds


    Use either metric or imperial measures – do not switch from one to the other. Calorie and fat contents given are approximate values and assume you are making the maximum number of servings stated.Recipe and props stylist: Judy Williams. Photo: Chris Alack