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How To Make An Easter Simnel Cake

How To Make An Easter Simnel Cake

In this episode of Keep Calm And Bake chef Caroline MiLi Artiss shows you how to make a traditional Easter simnel cake. This delicious fruit cake has marzipan and dried fruit inside it which gives it a unique flavour and texture.


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140° c  -  280° f


  • 180 g butter
  • 180 g soft brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 180 g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 350 g mixed raisins and sultanas
  • 55 g mixed peel
  • 500 g block of golden marzipan
  • 1 tbsp apricot jam
  • Easter decorations

Step 1: Cream Together Your Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 140° c/280° f and grease and line a 18cm cake tin. Cream together your butter and soft brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon and mix through. Gradually beat in the two eggs until well incorporated.

Step 2: Add The Dry Ingredients

Add 1 tsp of mixed spice and a pinch of salt and mix together. Slowly add the flour, keeping behind about 1 tbsp, and mix until the it is well incorporated. Cut your marzipan in half, and cut one half into small cubes. Place the marzipan cubes into a bowl with the reserved 1 tbsp of flour and mix until they are all well coated.

Step 3: Add The Fruit To Your Batter

Pour the milk into the batter and stir through. Pour in you sultanas, raisins and mixed peel and fold through. Now mix through your flour coated marzipan cubes. Pour the cake mixture into the cake tin and smooth over. Place into your preheated oven for 1 hour 45 minutes.

Step 4: Add The Marzipan Topping

When your cake is cooked remove it from the oven and leave to cool completely. Dust your work surface with icing sugar and roll out the remainder of your marzipan. Cut out a circle in your marzipan to cover the top of your cake. Cut off any lumps on the top of your cooled cake to make a smooth surface and then spread over a layer of apricot jam. Carefully lay the marzipan circle on top and pinch together any overhang. With the left over marzipan roll out 11 small balls. Brush the bottom of each ball with apricot jam and place them evenly around the cake.

Step 5: Add The Decorations

Lightly heat the cake topping using a cook's blow torch until the marzipan is golden-brown. Alternatively, preheat the grill to high, place the cake on a baking tray and grill for 1-2 minutes, or until the top of the marzipan begins to brown. Decorate with Easter decorations and serve.