Simnel Cake

What did you do this Easter, I baked an ‘imcomplete’ simnel cake. Why was it imcomplete? Because I only baked the cake but didn’t get round for the icing aka marzipan decoration.


110g (4oz) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing the cake tray

110g (4oz) muscovado sugar

3 medium eggs

150g (5oz) plain flour, sifted

A pinch of salt

2 tsps mixed spice

300g (10½oz) mixed currants, sultanas and raisins

1 coarsely graded apple

1 tbsp orange zest

1 tbsp lemon zest



1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/170°C fan/350°F/gas 4.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one by one, and mix to incorporate them. Add the flour, salt, mixed spice, fruit, apple and zests then give everything a good mix.

3. Lightly grease a mini cake tray with loose bottoms and fill the holes to just below the top, forming a slight dip in the centre to allow for rising. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.