Sunday, 24 April 2011

Shimmering Simnel cake

I have never made a Simnel cake before and have only ever made one other fruit cake before.  But aprils challenge was calling and the making of marzipan spurred me on to making a Simnel cake to take to Easter Sunday lunch with both sides of the family.

For those who aren't familiar with a Simnel cake, it is a light fruit cake, with a layer of golden marzipan in the middle, and topped with a disc of the almond wonder paste, and crowned with 11 marzipan balls (to represent the 11 disciples, naughty old Judas is excluded from the party for obvious reasons!)  Traditionally you burnish the top with your handy blow torch.  I went the extra step and added gold glitter-of course- and mini chocolate eggs- well it is easter.


  1. Beautiful!
    I will have to try Simnel cake next year I think - I had my hands full just trying hot cross buns! Love your Blog. :-)

  2. Thanks Emily.

    I say, do it!...actually, I liked it so much I would also recommend it as a good alternative to the christmas cake...controversial I know.
    hope you enjoyed your hot cross buns x

  3. I love the idea of adding glitter for that little bit of Easter sparkle! I'll definately to adding that to our one next year. And I completely understand the thought it would be a good alternative to the darker, damper, heavier Christmas Cake.

  4. Thanks Kate, I always love a bit of glitter and am seriously considering adding it to the boys mashed potatoes the next time they are having them for tea.

    ...and I will definitely be making it for our christmas cake this year, though I might consider soaking the fruit in booze overnight as a means of gliding the lily.