Simnel Cake   Originally, this cake was made for Mothering Sunday, but it has for a long, long time been an essential Easter confection, the marzipan balls on top representing the apostles: eleven in total as, for understandable reasons, Judas is persona non grata.  I make this a very light fruit cake, totally different in taste and texture from the damp, dark offerings of Christmas.

Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake - By Nigella Lawson. A must for Easter. Wonderfully light fruit cake with a hidden layer of marzipan, decorated with a thin layer of marzipan and balls to represent 11 of the apostles and toasted to give a beautiful burnished colour.

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Citrus golden-fruit simnel cake

This version of the traditional Easter cake recipe uses only golden-hued fruits, such as apricots, pears and sultanas. It's juicy and moist - perfect with a strong cup of tea.

Simnel cake was traditionally given by servant girls to their mothers when they returned home on Mothering Sunday.

Easter Simnel cake - Simnel cake was traditionally given by servant girls to their mothers when they returned home on Mothering Sunday.

Easter simnel cake

Easter Simnel cake Simnel cake has been eaten since medieval times. A rich fruit cake topped with eleven marzipan balls that represent the eleven loyal apostles of Christ, it makes for a historic and symbolic mouthful.

Simnel Cake - a British Easter tradition

Simnel Cake - a British Easter tradition

Simnel Cake - a British Easter tradition. A light fruitcake with a layer of marzipan baked in the centre then topped with a traditional marzipan decoration.

Chocolate, orange & almond simnel cake recipe - Recipes - BBC Good Food http://pinterest.com/ahaishopping/

Chocolate, orange & almond simnel cake

Chocolate, orange and almond simnel cake. A rich, indulgent Easter treat with orange frosting and homemade chocolate marzipan, great for those who don't like traditional fruit cake

Mary Berry's simnel cake

Mary Berry's simnel cake

This traditional Easter fruit cake is topped with 11 spheres of homemade marzipan, representing all the Apostles, minus Judus. Decorate with a wide yellow ribbon.

Chocolate, orange & almond simnel cake

Chocolate, orange & almond simnel cake

Chocolate, orange and almond simnel cake. A rich, indulgent Easter treat with orange frosting and homemade chocolate marzipan, great for those who don't like traditional fruit cake

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