Simnel cake buns

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Simnel cake buns
Simnel cake buns
  • Makes: 12

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Essentials recipe Turn the classic Easter Simnel cake into bite-sized buns with this Simnel cake buns recipe. It's really easy to make a batch of 12 of these delicious buns. Decorate with traditional marzipan and give them a touch of spring by adding flowers on top.


For this Easter recipe you will need:
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 125g light soft brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 1-2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 125g mixed dried fruits
  • grated zest 1 orange and 1 lemon
  • 100g marzipan
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam, melted
  • 12 sugar flowers (we used ones from Waitrose)

Store these buns in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


  1. Heat oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, flour and mixed spice one half at a time, mixing well. Add the milk, fruit and zests, then mix again.
  2. Divide the mix between a greased 12-hole silicone muffin mould. Bake for 15 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the mould on a rack.
  3. Roll out the marzipan to the thickness of a 1 coin. Use a flower cutter to stamp out flower shapes a similar size to the cakes. Once the cakes are cool, brush each one with a little melted apricot jam and top with the marzipan and a sugar flower.

Fancy making a traditional Simnel cake? Try our classic Simnel cake recipe!

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