How To Make A Simnel Cake For Easter…

Do you like to make a fruit cake up for Easter?

Today I am sharing a how to make a Simnel cake with you:

Packed with fruit, spices and marzipan, use Delamere Dairy’s spreadable goats’ butter to create your own version of this classic Easter cake.

Ingredients:

For the almond paste:

  • 250g/9oz caster sugar
  • 250g/9oz ground almonds
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp almond essence

For the cake:

  • 175g/6oz Delamere Dairy spreadable goats’ butter
  • 175g/6oz soft brown sugar
  • 3 free-range eggs, beaten
  • 175g/6oz plain flour
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ tsp ground mixed spice (optional)
  • 350g/12oz mixed raisins, currants and sultanas
  • 55g/2oz chopped mixed peel
  • ½ lemon, grated zest only
  • 1-2 tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten for glazing

How to make:

1. For the almond paste, place the sugar and ground almonds in a bowl. Add enough beaten egg and mix to a fairly soft consistency.

2. Add the almond essence and knead for one minute until the paste is smooth and pliable.

3. Roll out a third of the almond paste to make a circle 18cm/7in in diameter and reserve the remainder for the cake topping.

4. Preheat oven to 140C/275F/Gas 1. Grease and line a 18cm/7in cake tin.

5. For the cake, cream the spreadable butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs until well incorporated and then sift in the flour, salt and mixed spice (if using) a little at a time. Finally, add the mixed dried fruit, peel and grated lemon zest and stir into the mixture.

6. Put half the mixture into a greased and lined 18cm/7in cake tin. Smooth the top and cover with the circle of almond paste. Add the rest of the cake mixture and smooth the top leaving a slight dip in the centre to allow for the cake to rise. Bake in the preheated oven for 1¾ hours. Test by inserting a skewer in the middle – if it comes out clean, it is ready. Once baked, remove from the oven and set aside to cool on a wire rack.

7. Brush the top of the cooled cake with the apricot jam. Divide the remainder of the almond paste in half; roll out a circle to cover the top of the cake with one-half and form 11 small balls with the other half.

8. Place the circle of paste on the jam glaze and set the balls round the edge. Brush the cake topping with a little-beaten egg.

9. Preheat the grill to high. Place the cake onto a baking tray and grill for 1-2 minutes, or until the top of the marzipan begins to brown. Alternatively, lightly heat the cake topping using a cook’s blow torch, until the marzipan is golden-brown.

Recipe and image credits: Delamere Dairy’s Spreadable Goats’ Butter

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18 Comments

  1. Tamar SB
    22nd March 2017 / 10:00 pm

    How lovely!!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      23rd March 2017 / 9:27 am

      Thanks for stopping by Tamar 🙂

  2. April J Harris
    23rd March 2017 / 8:21 am

    This is gorgeous!! I've always wanted to try making Simnel Cake. I'm so intrigued that you have used goat's butter – I've heard such great things about goat products. I'd love for you to share this beautiful recipe at my Hearth and Soul Link Party if you have time. It's live on my blog now.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      23rd March 2017 / 9:27 am

      Thanks for the comment April, whoo I will hop over now 🙂

    • April J Harris
      27th March 2017 / 10:14 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing, Claire. This is a wonderful post! I've featured it at this week's Hearth and Soul Link party. Hope to 'see' you there!

  3. Carlee
    23rd March 2017 / 11:26 am

    What a beautiful and intriguing cake! It sounds amazing!

    • Clairejustine oxox
      25th March 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Carlee 🙂

  4. Melanies Fab Finds
    23rd March 2017 / 11:39 am

    I've heard of these over the years bu never actually made one. It does look yummy. Oooo not tried goats butter before that should be interesting.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      25th March 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Thanks for popping by Melanie 🙂

  5. Margarett Murphy
    23rd March 2017 / 5:40 pm

    This looks like a great cake recipe. Sounds yum.

    • Clairejustine oxox
      25th March 2017 / 9:07 pm

      Hope you get to try it 🙂

  6. Let them be small Blog
    23rd March 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I get to Easter Saturday EVERY year and *wish* I had made Simnel cake… maybe I should give this a go if I get chance x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      25th March 2017 / 9:07 pm

      Aww, Iam like that with different events too 🙂 Hope you get to make one this year.

  7. ana de jesus
    23rd March 2017 / 11:29 pm

    Where my parents are from – Madeira- they do a delicious simnel type cake but this one looks even better. Perfect for Easter x

    • Clairejustine oxox
      25th March 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks for the comment Ana 🙂

  8. Miz Helen
    24th March 2017 / 10:22 pm

    What a beautiful Easter Cake! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon!Miz Helen

    • Clairejustine oxox
      25th March 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by.

  9. Mother of 3
    20th March 2018 / 11:27 am

    I've never heard of a Simnel cake. It looks good.

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