This was written originally a few years ago for my blog Amelie’s House.
My kidlets have been on holiday for a week already, and thankfully the weather has been fabulous, so I have been able to throw them into the garden to play and keep them from under my feet. However one day last week my eldest was whisked away for a play date with a friend. My littlest kidlet is the type of child who needs a constant playmate, so I decided I would get her to help me make a recipe for Amelie’s House, rather than play endless Pokemon battles.
I thought it would be good to make a seasonal treat, a simnel cake.
Simnel cake is a light fruit cake eaten at Easter. It has a layer of marzipan in the middle and is topped with another layer of marzipan and twelve marzipan balls. These represent either the twelve disciples or Jesus and the disciples minus Judas (depending on which version of the story you read).
As ever, I wanted to mix it up a little bit, I’m not one to stick to the traditional flavours. I asked LK what she would like to add, although I really didn’t need to, I knew that chocolate would be high on the list. I threw in some orange and cinnamon too, and we came up with this recipe.
I made a 7″ and 4″ cake from this recipe, one for my family and a mini cake for an Easter present, you could probably get one 9″ or 10″ cake from the recipe. (Although you would need to increase the baking time.)
Also the fan element is broken on my oven and while I am waiting for a brand spanking new one all my timings are a bit out as I have to use the conventional oven and it is not the best. So do keep checking on your cake when it is close to being cooked.
(Obviously if you want to save some time then you can buy ready made marzipan)
- 90g icing sugar
- 90g castor sugar
- Grated zest of an orange
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 175g ground almonds
- 25g cocoa powder
- 500g white or yellow marzipan for the topper
- Marmalade or apricot conserve
- Sift the sugar into a bowl.
- Add the egg.
- Place the bowl over a pan of hot water on a cooker.
- Whisk the egg and sugar together whilst still over the pan for about ten minutes.
- Take the bowl off the pan. Add the almonds, orange zest and cocoa powder and knead together until the marzipan is formed.