Simnel cake topped with yellow marzipan icing and balls

Simnel cake recipes

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.

43 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

2 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
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42 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

55 mins
Easy
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7 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
13 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

3 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
15 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
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3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 15 mins
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12 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

3 hrs and 15 mins
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5 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

2 hrs
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18 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
4 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

15 mins
Easy
3 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This teatime treat is a cross between a fruity spring-like Simnel cake and a Bakewell tart - great with a cuppa

1 hr and 50 mins
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16 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

45 mins
Easy
39 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 35 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

A quick Easter tart perfect for friends and family

35 mins
Easy
5 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 15 mins
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6 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
Easy
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

3 hrs
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Vegetarian
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