Simnel cake buns recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 15 min
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  • Turn the classic Easter Simnel cake into bite-sized buns with this Simnel cake buns recipe. It’s really easy to make a batch of 12 of these delicious buns. Decorate with traditional marzipan and give them a touch of spring by adding flowers on top.


    • For this Easter recipe
    • you will need:
    • 125g butter, softened
    • 125g light soft brown sugar
    • 2 medium eggs
    • 125g self-raising flour
    • 1-2 tbsp milk
    • 1 tsp mixed spice
    • 125g mixed dried fruits
    • grated zest 1 orange and 1 lemon
    • 100g marzipan
    • 2 tbsp apricot jam, melted
    • 12 sugar flowers (we used ones from Waitrose)


    • Heat oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, flour and mixed spice one half at a time, mixing well. Add the milk, fruit and zests, then mix again.

    • Divide the mix between a greased 12-hole silicone muffin mould. Bake for 15 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the mould on a rack.

    • Roll out the marzipan to the thickness of a £1 coin. Use a flower cutter to stamp out flower shapes a similar size to the cakes. Once the cakes are cool, brush each one with a little melted apricot jam and top with the marzipan and a sugar flower.

    Top tip for making Simnel cake buns

    Store these buns in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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