- March 2015
- Serves 12
- Hands-on time 45 min, oven time 2½-2¾, plus soaking
This rich and fruity Easter simnel cake is made with dried fruit, warming spices and decorated with marzipan. Here, Edd Kimber uses ground almonds for extra richness and tops the cake with 11 marzipan balls, which traditionally represent Jesus’s disciples.
- 22.9g (8.3g saturated)
- 88.1g (77.6g sugars)
The cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
In accordance with tradition, the 11 marzipan balls represent the 12 apostles minus Judas. Some people use 12 balls to include one for Jesus, but 11 is the classic number.
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