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The Perfect Simnel Cake

Nothing says ‘Easter’ more perfectly than a pretty Simnel cake. Simnel cake has been eaten since medieval times as both a rich, sweet treat and a symbolic ritual. The fruit cake is topped with eleven marzipan balls to represent the eleven apostles of Christ, minus Judas. This recipe using Jordan’s muesli, is a little bit different and so delicious…

  • 220g plain flour
  • Salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 100g currants
  • 100g glace cherries, chopped
  • 200g Jordan’s Nut and Seed Muesli
  • 200g butter
  • Grated rind of 2 lemons
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 500g golden marzipan
  • Beaten egg, to brush


Preheat the oven to 175 C/ 350 F/ Mk 4.

Line a 20cm deep cake tin.

Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.

Stir in the currants and glace cherries, and then stir in the Muesli.

Cream together the butter, orange rind and sugar, and beat in the egg yolks.

Whisk the egg whites until they are stiff, and fold in a spoon full of the flour mix, then mix in half of the flour mix, and half of the butter mix. Repeat until the mixture is all incorporated.

Spoon half of the mixture into the base of the cake tin. Roll out a third of the marzipan into a 20cm disc, and lay over the cake mix. Spoon the remaining cake mixture over the top. Cover loosely with a disc of greaseproof or baking parchment paper.

Bake for 1.5 hours, or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool and then remove from the tin.

Set aside on a rack to cool. To finish, preheat the grill. Roll out another third of the marzipan into a neat 20cm disc and use to cover the cake. Roll the remaining marzipan into 11 balls, and place around the edge of the cake.  Brush with beaten egg and grill until golden.

Enjoy…and tell us all about it afterwards!


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This entry was posted on March 10, 2012 by in Dine in Style and tagged , , , , .
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