Is it ever too late to make an Easter Simnel cake?
Fruit cake with marzipan is a winning combination for me. That’s why this Easter Simnel Cake recipe is definitely one of my favourites. So it surprised me when I realized I hadn’t made one this year! That’s very unlike me. I decided to make one and I had no regrets once that gorgeous smell filled the house. This cake is a traditional cake made for Easter. It’s a light cake filled with juicy fruit and gently spiced, layered with marzipan and topped with 11 marzipan balls to symbolize Jesus’ disciples. It’s still very popular which shows how great it is. The one thing I love about fruit cakes is how versatile they can be. Like nuts? Throw some in! Like a bit of nutmeg or ginger in your fruit cakes? Go for it! I would usually add chopped glace cherries to mine, but unfortunately as we’re in lockdown I had none to hand.
Marzipan & Fruit Cake: A Match Made In Heaven
I usually like to put a layer of marzipan in the cake before I bake it. But as it was for my boyfriend’s family who aren’t too keen on marzipan, I just put it on top instead. Also, I didn’t make my own marzipan for this cake as I had some store bought in the cupboard and felt a bit lazy (aren’t we all right now?). It is actually a lot easier than you think to make homemade marzipan.
I also didn’t have a rolling pin for this cake. Most of my baking equipment is in storage at the moment and a rolling pin is definitely not an essential item to leave the house for. So if you’re ever in the strange position where you find yourself without a rolling pin, use a clean roll of clinfilm instead. I promise it works just as well! Happy belated Easter!
Enjoyed this Easter Simnel cake recipe? Leave a comment below! Why not try my best ever chocolate brownies too?