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    Simnel Cake

    Simnel cake was traditionally made for Easter and is decorated with 11 marzipan balls to symbolise the faithful Apostles.

    • Preparation time: 40 minutes
    • Cooking time: 75 minutes to 120 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 55 minutes to 2 hours 40 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes 40 minutes

    Makes: 20cm round cake


    • ½ x 500g pack Waitrose Soft Five Fruit Medley
    • ½ x 500g pack Waitrose Luxury Mixed Fruit
    • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
    • 175g Country Life English Butter
    • 175g light muscovado sugar
    • 4 medium free range eggs, beaten
    • 225g plain flour
    • 2 tsp Bart Spices Mixed Spice
    • 500g pack Waitrose Golden Marzipan
    • 100g pack Waitrose Flaked Almonds, toasted
    • Apricot jam, warmed and sieved


    1. Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3. Grease and line the sides and base of a 20cm round, loose-bottomed cake tin with baking parchment. Place the fruit into a bowl with the grated zest and lemon juice and set aside.
    2. Beat together the butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes, with an electric whisk, until pale. Gradually add the eggs, beat well between each addition - if the mixture begins to curdle, add a little flour.
    3. Sieve the flour and mixed spice over the mixture, then fold in until combined. Cut 200g marzipan into cubes and fold into the mixture with the reserved fruit and almonds, until evenly distributed. Spoon the mixture into the prepared cake tin and level the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours, or until the cake is firm to the touch and a skewer, when inserted, comes out clean. Cool in the tin.
    4. To decorate, remove the baking parchment from the cake. Roll half the remaining marzipan into a 20cm round. Brush the top of the cake with the apricot jam and place the rolled marzipan on top. Using your finger and thumb gently pinch the outer edge all the way round.
    5. Roll the remaining marzipan into 11 balls and position around the edge. Place under a preheated high grill for 1-2 minutes or until golden and finish with a ribbon decoration.

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