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Easter Simnel Cake
Simnel cake has been eaten since medieval times as both a rich, sweet treat and a symbolic ritual. The fruit cake is topped with eleven marzipan balls to represent the eleven apostles of Christ, minus Judas.

Posted by Super Madcow from Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom • Published See Super Madcow's 539 projects »
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  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 1
    Step 1

    Heat oven 130 degrees.

    Cream butter & sugar together until pale.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 2
    Step 2

    Add eggs.

    Mix well.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 3
    Step 3

    Add flour & spices.

    Mix to combine.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 4
    Step 4

    Mix in the fruit & mixed peel.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 5
    Step 5

    Roll out a circle of marzipan the same size as the tin.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 6
    Step 6

    Pour half the cake mixture into the tin.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 7
    Step 7

    Place the marzipan on top of the cake.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 8
    Step 8

    Place the remaining cake mixture on top of the marzipan.

    Bake for 2hrs 30 mins until cooked through.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 9
    Step 9

    Remove from the oven & cool completely in the tin.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 10
    Step 10

    Measure 11 pieces of marzipan approximately 20 g each.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 11
    Step 11

    Roll the marzipan into balls

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 12
    Step 12

    Brush the top of the cake with jam.

    Place a slightly larger disk of marzipan on top.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 13
    Step 13

    Place the balls of rolled marzipan around the edge of the cake.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 14
    Step 14

    Place the cake under a hot grill for 1-2 mins until the balls of marzipan turn golden brown on top.

    Remove & cool for a few mins.

  • How to bake a Simnel cake. Easter Simnel Cake - Step 15
    Step 15

    Cut & serve.

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