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Simnel Cake


Simnel Cake is a light fruit cake covered in marzipan, then toasted and eaten during the Easter period. On top of the cake are 11 marzipan balls to represent the true disciples of Jesus.

Simnel Cakes have been known since medieval times and were originally a Mothering Sunday tradition, where young girls would make one and take to their mothers on their day off.

Different towns had their own recipes and shapes of Simnel cake it is the Shrewsbury version that is the most popular and well known.


Fruit Cake

Almond paste

7 inch round cake tin, greased and lined

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For the Fruit Cake

  • Pre heat the oven to 150 C
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
  • Beat in the eggs then stir in the flour until thoroughly combined
  • Stir in the mixed fruit and lemon zest
  • Pour the mixture into the lined cake tin and bake for approx 1 and 3/4 hours
  • Once cooked leave to cool on a wire rack

For the Almond Paste

  • Put the ground almonds and sugar in a bowl, using a little lemon juice and water, combine to make a soft dough. Knead for a minute until the dough is smooth and pliable
  • Using half the paste roll out to a 7" disc
  • Using some apricot jam, stick the disc to the top of the cake
  • With the remaining paste roll out 11 balls and place them evenly apart around the edge of the cake
  • Toast the cake under the grill until the Almond Paste is golden brown on top



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