What is simnel cake?
Traditionally simnel cake is a light and moist fruit cake with a layer of marzipan or almond paste running through the middle and on top. This cake is traditionally served on Mothering Sunday (now more commonly known as Mother’s Day) but more recently is associated with the Easter holidays, particularly Easter Sunday. The cake is topped with eleven marzipan balls to represent the eleven disciples of Jesus Christ (excluding Judas).
What is the topping of a simnel cake made from?
The topping of the simnel cake is made from marzipan or almond paste which you can either make at home or buy pre-made (buy the golden marzipan, the more yellow the paste the more traditional it will look). The remaining marzipan or almond paste is made into 11 equal balls and torched or grilled lightly.
Simnel cake recipe