Simnel muffins

Prep: 45 mins - 55 mins


Makes 12
A new twist on a traditional recipe and perfect for getting the kids involved in the festivities

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per muffin

  • kcal465
  • fat17g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs79g
  • sugars42g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.61g
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  • 250g mixed dried fruit
  • grated zest and juice 1 medium orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 175g softened butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 5 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 175g marzipan
    Marzipan cake



    One of mankind’s oldest sources of sweet pleasure, marzipan needs to contain only ground…

  • 200g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice for mixing
  • mini eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…


  1. Tip the fruit into a bowl, add the zest and juice and microwave on medium for 2 minutes (or leave to soak for 1 hour). Line 12 deep muffin tins with paper muffin cases.

  2. Preheat the oven to fan 180C/ 160C/gas 4. Beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, spices and milk until light and fluffy (about 3-5 minutes) – use a wooden spoon or hand held mixer. Stir the fruit in well.

  3. Half fill the muffin cases with the mixture. Divide the marzipan into 12 equal pieces, roll into balls, then flatten with your thumb to the size of the muffin cases. Put one into each muffin case and spoon the rest of the mixture over it. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until risen, golden and firm to the touch. Leave to cool.

  4. Beat together the icing sugar and orange juice to make icing thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Drizzle over the muffins and top with a cluster of eggs. Leave to set. Best eaten within a day of making.

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Comments (51)

mifmif5's picture

Very lovely, great easter treat and good with icing or without. Very light muffins as long as you don't overmix the batter.

Will make again.

tylerreeve's picture

I made these with my children for the family for Easter gifts. Luckily the recipe was generous so there was some spare for us to have.They were great:)

bighungrystone's picture

First commented on these in 2007 and here we are, Easter 2011 and I'm making them again. Must be good!

burnbaby's picture

Tried these yesterday. YUM YUM!!!!! a few left over for today but nowhere near as nice as yesterday. The children loved helping make them. We don't like orange peel so left that out and also substituted the squeezed orange juice for ordinary orange juice we keep in the fridge. Also as we don't like marzipan we left that out and took the advice of another comment and put a bit less mix in every case, they still rose fabulously well and we ended up having 16 muffins all of a very good size. Will be making this again for the Easter weekend.

leeshannah's picture
5, love, love this recipe. Delicious and easy, can't wait to make these again.

criticallyemily's picture

i made these just now, and can i say, you are a FOODY GENIUS! got my friends cooking up another 2 batches, i feel i should say thank you for the recipie!? EXCELLENT !!!!! :)

lindseyxx's picture

The muffins are delicious, but I found them a bit too big and too sweet. If I made them again I would perhaps make standard bun size.

access-sue's picture

I made these at Easter for the family. They all loved them. Never tasted such a moist muffin before. Will become one of my favourite recipes.

gervais's picture

Made these for the first time this easter instead of the usual traditional simnel cake and would now make them all the time. They were wonderfuly moist and also froze beatufully resulting in no watse which had been a problem with the large cakes.great to share with colleagues.

angelajane's picture

Made these for Easter this year and they were stunning!!! I'm not a great cook but these were very easy - with a little help from the children!

helsrowland's picture

I made these for Easter and they were great, so much better than having a whole cake and such a great twist on a traditional recipe. I will be making them again, and not necessarily just at Easter!

kateeshannon's picture

I make these every year and they are delicious, simple and look amazing! I prefer to add a little more mixed spice but they are still great as they are!

goodcooklittlecook's picture

Made these for easter sunday they were so easy and kitchen smelt wonderful with the aroma. the icing tasted lovely and they were so moist looked great too will defiantaly make them again. x

jazpami's picture

Made these on Easter Sunday, they were nice but making 12 from that mix makes very generous muffins! I only put marzipan discs in 6 of mine because my other half doesn't like marzipan at all; interestingly, the 6 without marzipan rose much higher than the others, so if you don't like marzipan, then make twice as many from the mixture otherwise they're a bit too big!

joannepd's picture

Easy to make, look and taste delicious. All the flavours of a Simnel cake in a muffin - what more could you ask for! I added some ground almonds aswell as the marzipan to increase the almondy flavour - lovely.

kitkatchunky's picture

Just made these and they are DELICIOUS!! Well, at least my daughter and I think so. My Hubbie and son don't like raisins so all the more for us!!!!
So easy to make, except I found it really hard to beat by hand until the fruit was in and then it mixed much easier and my oven is a pig so I had to cook them for 35 mins at fan 160 but it didn't dry them out at all.
1st time I've made these and I will DEFO do it again, might even make some to give away......

runnyeyes's picture

Aimee..I used Fan 160 and they were fine.Used an electric hand mix only for a minute until combined.It doesn't look like the lumpy batter of an American muffin mix.. Have a go,they are v easy.

101zoey's picture

I made this recipe not too hopeful, wondering how they were going to turn out as I had never made simnel cake or muffins before. However they turned out perfectly! They had risen well and the icing was just delicious! My whole family really enjoyed them and have asked me to make another batch for the easter weekend! They were gone in 3 days! Making another batch tonight and will again be pleased with the result. Delicious!

hugbubble1's picture

I'm just wondering a couple of things about this recipe as I plan to make them on Easter Sunday for breakfast. My questions are 1) does it mean fan 160 C as it has put the fan at 180 but i thought fan you always took of 20 degrees?
2) it states to beat the mixture really well but for other muffin recipes i have followed, it says one of the main things to sucessful muffins is not over mixing...Please if anyone could help that'd be great as i'd love to get them perfect first time! Happy Easter x

cutielou1962's picture

These are great. Filled the house with fantastic spicy aromas. Made them last night for the office team, don't think they will last long. I actually left out the marzipan as not everyone is a fan and just added 50g of ground almonds instead.


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