Simnel Cake Recipe

Simnel Cake Recipes

Ingredients :

8 oz sultanas

8 oz raisins or currants

2 oz glace cherries

2 oz mixed peel

6 oz butter

4 oz soft brown sugar

8 oz plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp ground ginger

3 eggs, beaten

Method :
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C Gas Mark 3, grease and base line a 7 in round cake tin, grease the greaseproof paper.
  2. Cream the butter, sugar and lemon zest until pale and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Sift the flour and fold it into the mixture with a metal spoon.
  5. Add the fruit and mixed peel, mix together to a soft dropping consistency.
  6. Roll out 6 oz of the marzipan and shape into a round the same diameter as the cake tin.
  7. Spoon half the cake mixture into the cake tin, place the round of marzipan on top, then spoon the rest of the cake mixture over it.
  8. Bake for 120-150 minutes, then leave the cake to cool.
  9. Roll out 5 oz of the remaining marzipan to a round the same size as the cake and place it on the cake.
  10. Roll the remaining marzipan into 11 balls and place them around the top edge of the cake.

Nowadays, simnel cake is still a festive cake, served on Easter Sunday. The balls of marzipan on the top of the cake represent the 11 faithful disciples.

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