British simnel cakes

Tasty British simnel cakes Recipe

A British simnel cake is a lightly spiced fruit cake with a delicious marzipan icing, a great dessert to serve up at Easter.
British simnel cakes
Prep Time : 0:30 | Cook Time : 0:35 | Total Time : 1:05 | Serving : 12 person.


  • 125g butter, chopped, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup

  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg-yolk extra

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 2 cups self-raising flour

  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice

  • 2 1/3 cups mixed dried fruit

  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam, warmed

  • 2 2/3 cups icing sugar mixture, sifted

  • 3/4 cup almond meal

  • 2 tablespoons brandy

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced). Grease a 12-hole muffin pan. Line bases and sides with baking paper.

  • Step 2

    For the icing, combine all ingredients. Turn onto clean surface and knead gently. Wrap in plastic wrap. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    Beat butter, sugar and syrup together until pale and creamy. Add egg, yolk and juice. Beat well. Sift flour and spice together and fold through mixture with fruit.

  • Step 4

    Spoon into muffin pan recesses until half full. Smooth top. Roll out 1/3 of icing on a surface dusted with icing sugar, until 3mm thick.

  • Step 5

    Using a 6cm cutter, cut 12 circles from icing. Place on fruit mixture in recesses. Cover circles with remaining fruit mixture.

  • Step 6

    Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven to 150C. Bake for a further 15-20 minutes, until cooked when tested. Cool in pan.

  • Step 7

    Turn cakes onto a clean surface. Brush tops with warm jam. Roll out remaining icing until 3mm thick. Using a 7cm cutter, cut out another 12 circles. Place on top of cakes and smooth with the palm of your hand.

  • Step 8

    Roll remaining icing mixture into balls. Arrange on top of cakes. Decorate with ribbon.

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