IngredientsFor this Easter recipe you will need:
- 250g butter, softened
- 250g light soft brown sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- 250g self-raising flour
- 2 level tsp mixed spice
- 250g sultanas
- 125g currants
- 175g glacé cherries
- 125g ready-to-eat dried figs, chopped
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- Grated zest of 2 oranges
- 2 x 500g packs white marzipan
- 2tbsp ground almonds
- 11 flaked almonds
We show you how to make a traditional Simnel cake with our easy recipe. Follow our step-by-step guide to make your own classic Simnel cake for Easter. Simnel cakes are a classic Easter bake, so if you're tempted to make one this year, our handy step-by-step guide should help you produce perfect results.
Simnel cakes are traditionally made for the family to share on Easter Sunday, They are topped with 11 marzipan balls that represent the twelve apostles, minus Judas - who betrayed Jesus.
Marzipan isn't just used to top the cake, the traditional fruit cake is given a burst of flavour by the hidden marzipan centre and the slightly toasted marzipan topping.
Our classic simnel cake is made in a square cake tin but you can make yours in a round one, loaf tin or even make it into bite-sized cupcakes - the choice is yours.
- 18cm (7in) square cake tin, lined with baking parchment
Step 1Set the oven to cool, Gas Mark 2 or 150°C.
Put the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat together. Add the eggs, flour and mixed spice alternately and mix well. Add all the fruit and citrus zest and mix again.