Simnel cake

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Simnel cake


For cake

  • 250 g fresh cow butter
  • 200 g brown sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 200 g fresh milk
  • 450 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 30 g kumquat, spoon sweet (strained) or any spoon sweet you like
  • 50 g dried apricot
  • 40 g dried papaya
  • 70 g cherry spoon sweet (strained)
  • orange zest

For marzipan

  • 250 g almond flour
  • 20 g sweetener (eg. stevia)
  • 100 g powdered sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • some lemon
  • some rose water

additional: corn flour/niseste

A special English cake made always at Easter.

Stuffed with dried fruits and wrapped in marzipan!

A marzipan that I suggest you make it yourselves.

Try it and you’ll see it’s easier than you have ever imagined!!

Another gluten-free choice for your Easter table!


For the cake, we follow the basic procedure.

Firstly chop finely the dried fruits and spoon sweets.

Fluff the sugar and butter up.
Add the eggs and milk.

Continue to stir and add the rest ingredients.

Bake, in a round pan (buttered and greased), at 170C degrees for 1 hour.

Allow to cool completely. You can also have it ready from the day before.

The “hardest” part is definitely the marzipan.
That’s why i don’t have many photos from the cake making.

For the marzipan:
Fluff softly the egg whites up and add the lemon.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, sugar and sweetener.

Combine the two mixtures and add the rose water.
We want a soft and non-sticky dough. Wait for few minutes until the dough soak up the moist (do not knead).
If it is sticky, add some more corn flour and knead until it softens.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and set aside for 1 hour.

Check if the dough can easily be kneaded or is still sticky. If so, add some corn flour and knead softly.

If we want to make colourful decorations, cut a piece of the dough and split it according to the colours. Add the food coloring pastes and knead.

Roll out the most dough between two plastic wrap pieces.

Cover the cake surface.

Decorate and you are ready!

Attention to calories and carbs!! It’s not a usual cake but a special one instead which should be consumed in moderation.

This is way it is made in England during Easter!!

Nutritional information per 100 g
Energy / calories: 360.80 kcal
Proteins: 5.71 g
Carbohydrates: 41.09 g
Fat: 20.38 g


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