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Simnel cake

Simnel cake

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Simnel cake

A proper Easter bake

A proper Easter bake

Serves 11

Cooks In2 hours plus cooling

DifficultyNot too tricky

Nutrition per serving
  • Calories 549 27%

  • Fat 24.8g 35%

  • Saturates 9.7g 49%

  • Sugars 57.9g 64%

  • Salt g 0%

  • Protein 9.0g 18%

  • Carbs 70.1g 27%

Of an adult's reference intake


  • 175 g butter
  • 175 g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 175 g flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • ½ teaspoon each ground cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 150 g raisins
  • 100 g currants or sultanas
  • 100 g glacé cherries, sour cherries or dried cranberries
  • 100 g mixed peel
  • 3 tablespoons apricot jam
  • icing sugar , for dusting
  • 350 g marzipan
  • cinnamon , for dusting (optional)

Recipe From

Jamie Magazine

By Georgie Socratous


  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/gas 2. Grease the base and sides of a 20cm loose-bottomed cake tin and double line with greaseproof paper. Cream the butter and sugar until pale, then finely grate and beat in the lemon and orange zest.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, ground almonds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a pinch of salt.
  3. Beat 1 egg into the butter mixture with 1 tablespoon of the dry mix. Repeat with the remaining eggs, and finish by folding in all the dry mix. Stir in the milk and dried fruits and peel. Do not overbeat. Pour the cake batter into the lined tin and bake for 1½ to 1¾ hours, or until golden. Test the cake by inserting a skewer – if it comes out clean, it’s cooked. Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the apricot jam in a small pan over a low heat until it thins to a liquid. Dust a work surface with icing sugar, roll out the marzipan to 1cm thick and trim so that it’s just a little bigger than the cake tin. Use the trimmings to form 11 balls.
  5. Brush the top of the cake with the jam and place the marzipan round on it. Crimp the edges with your fingers then evenly dot the balls around the cake, securing in place with a little jam. Serve as is, or finish by caramelising the marzipan’s edges with a blowtorch or under a hot grill and lightly dusting with cinnamon.

Watch the video: Mary Berrys Simnal Cake (November 2022).