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22/04/2011

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Simnel Cake ...

Using my trusty Mary Berry recipe.

Whisk up soft margarine together with soft brown sugar, eggs and self-raising flour.

Adding flame raisins, glace cherries, peel and mixed spice, left to steep for a hour or so (or overnight) in a small amount of water.

Prepare the tin.




Oh dear, lining cake tins has never been my forte!

A bit of a botch up job, but will do the trick?

Add half the mixture.




Now for a layer of marzipan, and a good tip is to not use the shop bought stuff.

Make up a batch of almond paste - it's really easy, and a good idea is to prepare earlier, wrap in clingfilm and leave to firm in the fridge.

Use a third, and then top with the remainder of the cake mixture.

Bake, and leave to cool.




The next day ...

Brush the cake with apricot jam before topping, and place eleven apostles on the top, and not ten!

Like I forgot!

Happy Easter weekend everyone!

o

13 comments:

Lisa said...

Bet it was hard to leave overnight, a slice with a cuppa would go down very well.
Happy Easter.
Lisa x

Simone said...

I'll be 'round for tea and simnel cake then! x

Glo said...

I'm salivating! So many of my favorite things rolled into one. I don't think I've ever tasted it, but I can imagine :)

Wild Rose said...

Oh it looks wonderful Louise! I had thought about making one, but last time, I ended up eating it all myself as my husband didn't like it.....not good for the waistline! I'll join you for a virtual cup of tea and slice of cake instead.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comments. It is nice to know someone is still reading my blog occasionally. Have a wonderful weekend in that marvellous sunshine...it's raining here again, but it makes a change from snow!

Marie x

Gina said...

ohh yum!..wishing you a very happy Easter Louise xox

Shabbily Ever After said...

Oh yum! louise,
It looks so gorgeous and i bet it tastes divine,i adore marzipan and would always get in to trouble for eating it on its own from mums cupboard along with her glace cherries hehe,
Happy Easter to you friend,
Warm wishes Kristina xxx

OhSoVintage said...

I have never made this. It looks delicious but I mustn't look as I am on a diet and due to be weighed in a couple of hours! Hope you are having a great Easter.
Ruth x

sarah at secret housewife said...

Looks scrumptious and reminds me of my childhood. We always had simnel cake then, but I have fallen out of the habit...May try again next year!Sarah

Poppy said...

Mmmmmmmmmmm I could do with some of that now, you are going to have to move next door...

I hope you had a lovely Easter Louise!

Lou xxx

nonizamboni said...

Any crumbs left? This looks absolutely wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

lifeinredshoes said...

It sounds delicious, I love marzipan! Cuppa tea would go great with this :)

bad penny said...

Nothing like a good Simnel cake

Lyn said...

Oh I just can't eat marzipan, but wonder if it would be the same without!?
love
Lyn
xxx