/Easter Simnel Cake Recipe
Easter Simnel Cake recipe

Easter Simnel Cake Recipe

A traditional Easter treat, this Simnel Cake recipe is perfect for sharing with family. It features marzipan and a citrusy, spiced sponge, adorned with a simple decoration for the holiday.





  • Step 1.

    Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F, Gas Mark 2). Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper.
  • Step 2.

    In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Step 3.

    Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a little flour with each to prevent curdling.
  • Step 4.

    Fold in the remaining flour, ground almonds, mixed spice, and lemon zest.
  • Step 5.

    Stir in the dried fruits and mixed peel until evenly distributed.
  • Step 6.

    Spoon half the cake mixture into the prepared tin. Roll out one-third of the marzipan and cut a circle the size of the tin. Place it over the mixture.
  • Step 7.

    Add the remaining cake mixture on top and smooth the surface.
  • Step 8.

    Bake in the preheated oven for about 2.5 hours, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin.
  • Step 9.

    Brush the top of the cooled cake with apricot jam. Roll out half of the remaining marzipan and use to cover the cake.
  • Step 10.

    Optional: Form the remaining marzipan into 11 balls, representing the true disciples. Place these around the edge of the cake.
  • Step 11.

    Use a cook's blowtorch to lightly brown the marzipan on top, or place under a hot grill for a few minutes.
  • Step 12.

    Decorate with chopped dried apricot, and pumpkin seeds or Easter-themed decorations if desired.


  1. 225 gUnsalted butter, softened

  2. 225 gCaster sugar

  3. 4 Large eggs

  4. 225 gSelf-raising flour

  5. 100 gGround almonds

  6. 2 tspMixed spice

  7. 1 Lemon zest

  8. 350 gMixed dried fruits

  9. 50 gMixed peel

  10. 500 gMarzipan

  11. 2 tbspApricot jam

  12. 0.5 cupDried apricots (for garnish)

  13. 0.5 cupPumpkin seeds

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