Traybake with icing and marzipan cut into slices on baking paper

Lemon drizzle simnel slices

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 40 mins


cuts into 16 pieces

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

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal401
  • fat20g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars39g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.5g


  • oil, for the tin
  • 250g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 250g golden caster sugar, plus 50g for the topping
  • 2 large lemons, zested and juiced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 3 large eggs
  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

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    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 50ml milk



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

  • 100g mixed dried fruit
  • 300g marzipan, chilled
    Marzipan cake



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

  • 50g icing sugar


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Oil and line a 20cm x 30cm baking tin with baking parchment. Beat the butter and sugar with most of the lemon zest until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing constantly, then add the flour, almonds and baking powder, and keep mixing until you have a smooth cake batter. Stir in the milk and dried fruit.

  2. Scrape half the cake batter into the tin and level the surface. Coarsely grate half the marzipan onto the batter to create an even layer, then cover with the rest of the batter, trying not to disturb the marzipan too much. Level the top and bake for 35-40 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. If any wet cake mixture clings to the skewer, return the cake to the oven for 5 mins, then check again. Mix the remaining caster sugar with a quarter of the lemon juice, then drizzle over the cake while still warm. Leave the cake to cool in the tin.

  3. Mix the icing sugar with enough lemon juice to make a drizzly icing – 2-3 tsp should be enough. Divide the rest of the marzipan into 11 even lumps and roll into balls. Drizzle the icing over the cake, top with the marzipan balls and sprinkle with the remaining lemon zest. Will keep in an airtight container for up to five days.

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20th Apr, 2019
Made this gluten free and dairy free by using self raising gf flour and only half an extra tsp baking powder, and hard Stork marg/soya milk. Worked! I didn't do the lemon drizzle topping as felt it had enough going on already...we don't like things too sweet in our house; I reduced the sugar to 160g and think it could've been even less as the marzipan makes it very sweet. I didn't have mixed dried fruit so just used raisins but I think I'll def make it again to include the mixed peel which I think would've made a yummy difference. All in all, fab!
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Justine Hollister
17th Apr, 2019
I didn't think this recipe would work with the marzipan grated but it turned out to be great, my family loves and we think it was the best cake we have ever made!
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18th May, 2018
I wasn't sure this was going to work, but it turned out really nicely! I used it as the base for a slightly different, Bakewell inspired tray bake. I made it gluten free with a straight swap for GF flour. Swapped the dried fruit for some cherry pie filling (because I couldn't find dried cherries) and layered half a tin of this on the mix before the grated marzipan. It was a thick mix and I didn't think it would fill the tin but it was fine once cooking. Took slightly longer to bake than the recipe states...around an hour. Would bake again!
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Jennifer Jones
30th Mar, 2018
Ok cake but a bit rich. Marzipan seems to lose flavour when cooked. Does sink in the middle somewhat.
28th Mar, 2018
Tastes lovely but needed longer in the oven than stated - about 50 minutes in mine.
Frantic Flapjack
27th Mar, 2018
Really good cake but I did make a few changes. Reduced the sugar to 200g and to reduce the sugar more, I didn't do the drizzle. I did ice it with the lemon icing and left off the 11 apostles. The end result was lovely.
19th Mar, 2018
Made this at the weekend, very scrummy although it sank in the middle slightly, not sure why. I didn't put the marzipan balls on top, but still very nice
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