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How To Make A Simnel Cake For Easter

How To Make A Simnel Cake For Easter.

Do you like to make a fruitcake up for Easter?

Today I am sharing 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.

How To Make A Simnel Cake For Easter:


For The Almond Paste:

For The Cake:

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.

 How To Make A Simnel Cake For Easter

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

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18 comments so far.

18 responses to “How To Make A Simnel Cake For Easter”

  1. Tamar SB says:

    How lovely!!

  2. April J Harris says:

    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.

  3. Carlee says:

    What a beautiful and intriguing cake! It sounds amazing!

  4. Melanies Fab Finds says:

    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.

  5. Margarett Murphy says:

    This looks like a great cake recipe. Sounds yum.

  6. Let them be small Blog says:

    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

  7. ana de jesus says:

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

  8. Miz Helen says:

    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

  9. Mother of 3 says:

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

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