How To Make A Simnel Cake For Easter

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

How To Make A Simnel Cake For Easter.

How To Make A Simnel Cake For Easter. Hello friends. So do you like to make a fruitcake up for Easter? As today I am sharing how to make a Simnel cake with you:

How To Make A Simnel Cake For Easter:

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


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 A Simnel Cake For Easter

1. Firstly, 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.

For The Cake:

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.

 So what do you think of this How To Make A Simnel Cake For Easter, recipe? Do you also fancy trying it? Because I do!

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

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  1. Mother of 3
    20 March 2018 / 11:27

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

  2. Miz Helen
    24 March 2017 / 22:22

    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

    • 25 March 2017 / 21:08

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by.

  3. ana de jesus
    23 March 2017 / 23:29

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

    • 25 March 2017 / 21:08

      Thanks for the comment Ana 🙂

  4. Let them be small Blog
    23 March 2017 / 20:49

    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

    • 25 March 2017 / 21:07

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

  5. Margarett Murphy
    23 March 2017 / 17:40

    This looks like a great cake recipe. Sounds yum.

    • 25 March 2017 / 21:07

      Hope you get to try it 🙂

  6. Melanies Fab Finds
    23 March 2017 / 11:39

    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.

    • 25 March 2017 / 21:06

      Thanks for popping by Melanie 🙂

  7. Carlee
    23 March 2017 / 11:26

    What a beautiful and intriguing cake! It sounds amazing!

    • 25 March 2017 / 21:06

      Thanks for stopping by Carlee 🙂

  8. April J Harris
    23 March 2017 / 08:21

    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.

    • 23 March 2017 / 09:27

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

    • April J Harris
      27 March 2017 / 22:14

      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!

  9. Tamar SB
    22 March 2017 / 22:00

    How lovely!!

    • 23 March 2017 / 09:27

      Thanks for stopping by Tamar 🙂