Baking a Simnel cake

Simnel cake

Did you all have a good Easter weekend? I spent a few days working but also took a little time to relax and bake. I find that baking helps me to cut off from my busy mind, especially when it’s something new. This time ’round I decided to go with a popular Easter tradition, Simnel cake. I’d never made one before and used this experiment, luckily it turned out very well. Simnel cake is a bit like fruit cake and covered in marzipan (if you don’t like marzipan then you may want to switch it out for icing and an apricot jam centre). I’ll be sure to make it again soon and take you through the steps.

I had a quick browse on Google, took note of various recipes and then pulled the bits I liked from each one and went ahead with making my cake. There are lots of good recipes out there, I like the sound of Jamie’s whisky versionDelia‘s traditional version and this good old ginger one from BBC Good Food.

I altered the various recipes I used by adding cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and soaking the fruit in Vanilla Chai from Chash Tea.

As always, there are no rules. If you don’t like some of the ingredients then simply change them for something you do like. 

What was the last thing you baked?