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Simnel cake topped with yellow marzipan icing and balls

Simnel cake recipes

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Capture the traditional marzipan flavour of simnel in a range of Easter bakes. We've got light and fruity simnel cakes, muffins, tarts and even a cocktail.


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  • Easter simnel cake served on a cake stand

    Easter simnel cake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.44 ratings

    Bake this classic Easter simnel cake. Top with 11 balls of marzipan – said to represent 11 of Jesus’s disciples, leaving off Judas – or with spring flowers

  • Simnel muffins

    Simnel muffins

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.42 ratings

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

  • Simnel loaf cake served on a plate

    Simnel loaf cake

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.7 ratings

    Celebrate Easter with our stunning simnel loaf cake. Hidden marzipan along with a toasted marzipan and cherry decoration makes this a showstopper dessert

  • Simple simnel cake

    Simple simnel cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.13 ratings

    This is a perfect quick-mix-fix for Easter - based on traditional recipes

  • Traybake with icing and marzipan cut into slices on baking paper

    Lemon drizzle simnel slices

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.15 ratings

    Lemon drizzle meets almondy simnel cake in this Easter traybake. It's a fruity treat that you can slice and serve with ease when entertaining

  • Simnel battenberg cake

    Simnel battenberg cake

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.3 ratings

    This stunning Easter bake has pink and yellow squares of light sponge, sandwiched with apricot jam and is topped with balls of marzipan

  • Ginger simnel cake with spring flowers

    Ginger simnel cake with spring flowers

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.12 ratings

    As well as the topping, the cake has a hidden layer of homemade marzipan mixed with ginger...

  • Simnel share ’n’ tear buns

    Simnel share ’n’ tear buns

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.5 ratings

    Don't choose between hot cross buns, Simnel cake and Chelsea buns - this ingenious Easter bake brings together all three

  • Fruity simnel squares

    Fruity simnel squares

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.18 ratings

    This easy twist on the classic fruit sponge makes plenty of squares - all decorated with marzipan eggs

  • Simnel cake sour

    Simnel cake sour

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.4 ratings

    Looking for an Easter cocktail with all the spices of the season? This twist on an Amaretto sour has a splash of orange juice and a dusting of cinnamon to give you Simnel cake in a glass

  • Simnel cherry tart

    Simnel cherry tart

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.3 ratings

    This teatime treat is a cross between a fruity spring-like simnel cake and a bakewell tart – great with a cuppa

  • Cherry & almond Easter cupcakes

    Cherry & almond Easter cupcakes

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.16 ratings

    These little Simnel cakes are really almondy, with pieces of marzipan in the mix - and they look gorgeous

  • Cherry & almond cake

    Easy cherry cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.41 ratings

    Cherry cakes are one of the most popular cakes sold by baking experts, the WI. This one will be a guaranteed hit at any cake sale

  • Simnel tart

    Simnel tart

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.2 ratings

    A quick Easter tart perfect for friends and family

  • Simnel spiced breakfast loaf

    Simnel spiced breakfast loaf

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.5 ratings

    Toast a slice of this celebration bread and top with butter to give hot cross buns a serious run for their money

  • Easter puddings

    Easter puddings

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.6 ratings

    These cute oven-steamed puds with nutmeg custard are almost like blonde Christmas puddings

  • Simnel cake served on a cake stand

    Simnel cake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    Celebrate Easter with a springtime seasonal bake. This classic simnel cake is packed with dried fruit and spices and topped with marzipan

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