Simnel cupcakes

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Simnel Cupcake
Simnel Cupcake
  • Serves: 12

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

A modern take on the traditional Easter cake - these Simnel cupcakes won't disappoint. With a creamy, yet fluffy texture and delicious marzipan topping they're the perfect cupcake for Easter


  • 500g marzipan
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 155ml sunflower oil
  • 50g honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 80g full fat cream cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 125g raisins
  • 100g currants
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
To decorate (optional)
  • Edible gold balls
  • Edible gold leaf
  • Edible glue

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  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with liners.
  2. Sift together the flour and mixed spice. Set aside.
  3. Beat the sugar, oil, honey, vanilla, cream cheese until smooth. Then, add the eggs and mix until well combined. Stir in the raisins and currents. Fold in the flour.
  4. Spoon the mixture equally into the liners. Fill them just over halfway. Bake for 20-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  5. While the cakes are in the oven, roll out the marzipan and cut out 12 discs with a fluted 5cm pastry cutter. Stack them on a plate.
  6. As soon as the cakes are out of the oven place a disc on top of each cake and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  7. To decorate: Use the remaining marzipan to make 12 balls for the centre of each cupcake.
  8. Use edible glue to attach the gold balls round the outside of the discs. Use edible gold leaf to add extra sparkle.

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