Easter Simnel Cake


A traditional Easter fruitcake decorated with marzipan balls that represent the 11 Apostles (Judas was excluded.) Bake in a deep pan.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
1 to 8 - inch springform pan


  • 1 cup margarine, softened

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 1.7999999523163 cups self-rising flour

  • 1 ⅓ cups golden raisins

  • 1 cup dried currants

  • cup candied cherries - rinsed, dried and quartered

  • ¼ cup candied mixed fruit peel, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest

  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice

  • 1 pound almond paste

  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam

  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch springform pan. Line the bottom and sides of pan with greased parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the flour. Stir in the golden raisins, currants, candied cherries, mixed fruit, lemon zest and mixed spice. Pour 1/2 of batter into prepared pan.

  3. Divide almond paste into 3 equal portions. Roll out 1/3 of the almond paste to an 8 inch circle. Place the circle of almond paste on the cake batter in pan. Cover with remaining cake batter.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 2 1/2 hours, or until evenly brown and firm to the touch. If the cake is browning too quickly, cover with foil after an hour of baking. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Set oven to broil.

  5. When the cake has cooled, brush the top with warmed apricot jam. Roll out 1/3 of the almond paste into an 8 inch circle and place on top of cake. Divide the remaining 1/3 of almond paste into 11 pieces and roll into balls. These represent the 11 Apostles (excluding Judas.) Brush the almond paste on top of cake with beaten egg. Arrange the 11 balls around the outside edge on the top of cake. Brush the balls lightly with egg.

  6. Place cake under the broiler for 8 to 10 minutes, or until almond paste is golden brown.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

583 Calories
28g Fat
79g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 583
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 461mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 79g 29%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 178mg 14%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 384mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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