Easy Simnel Cake

This is my favourite fruit cake recipe as it can be adapted to cover so many different occasions.  I told you about how I turn it into a Christmas Cake by adding some booze and Christmasy flavoured essence.  It is just as easy to turn it into an Easter or Simnel Cake which is what I made for Easter Sunday. (But forgot to add it to the blog !!!)

The extra ingredients you will need are marzipan and apricot jam.  I have only ever managed to find marzipan in Iceland so not sure if the Canarian locals eat this cake or not.

8oz self-raising flour
½ teaspoon mixed spice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
4oz margarine
4oz sugar
8oz mixed fruit
2oz cherries
1 eggs
5 tablespoons milk (adjust according to the amount of alcohol you add – see below)

To adapt as a Simnel cake add
2 blocks of ready made Almond paste or Marzipan
Apricot Jam

Line a 7 inch round tin. Mix the two blocks of marzipan together then divide into 3 and roll out one piece until it is the same size as the baking tin.

Beat all ingredients for the cake together place half mix into the baking tin and top with the marzipan and add the remaining cake mix. Bake for 1¼ – 1½ hours at 180C.

Leave the cake to cool in the tin for around 10 to 15 minutes then turn out  on to a wire rack to cool completely.

Brush the top of the cake with the apricot jam and then place a second round of almond paste on the top and press down slightly so it sticks. Roll 11 small balls of paste and place evenly around the top of the cake (these represent the apostles minus Judas). Brush the top with a little beaten egg and very lightly brown under the grill until the almond paste turns light golden brown. Leave to cool.


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2 Responses to Easy Simnel Cake

  1. Sally Pratt says:

    Hi Aguilas, Just an idea, it may help you ? Have a look at ” video jug ” how to make marzipan. Save you from driving to Iceland !!!

    I would just like to ” Thank You so Much ” for all the answers you have given on TA.Tenerife Forum, l have learnt so much from you, plus the other posters, Especially DOK and OLNF plus the laughter and smiles you 3 have given me, ( everyone needs the light heartiness, these days )

    We eventually had an extended holiday in Tenerife ( Nov, 3wks, then 8 wks Jan, Feb,) As had to cancel our holiday the previous year, due to OH, having a Heart attack 29th Dec, then having a Major op for Aortic Aneurysm, at the end of July, so that is why we had an Extended Holiday, for him to recover …. l just joined him !!! we may turn into a Swallow as we Enjoyed it So Much !!!!! We hired a car thanks to D OK, and as l said, learnt SO much from You and OLNF.

    OH, is now nearly fully recovered, the sunshine does Wonders.


    Sent from my iPad

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Sally, I hope Oneleg and DoK get to see them as it isn´t too often people say thanks.

      I am so glad your OH is on the mend and that being here has helped. You could do a lot worse things than become a swallow, it adds years to your life. xx

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