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Simnel cake

Posted by Country Ovens, Ltd on Mar 24th 2020


Prep: 30 Minutes

Cook: 1 to 2 hours

Serves: 10 to 12 people


For the almond paste

  • 1 1/4 cups fine ground sugar
  • 2 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp almond extract

For the cake


  1. For the almond paste, place the sugar and ground almonds in a bowl. Add enough beaten egg and mix to a fairly soft consistency.
  2. Add the almond extract and knead for one minute until the paste is smooth and pliable.
  3. Roll out a third of the almond paste to make a circle 7in in diameter and reserve the remainder for the cake topping.
  4. Preheat oven to 275°F
  5. Grease and line a 7in cake tin.
  6. For the cake, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs until well incorporated and then sift in the flour, salt and pumpkin spice (if using) a little at a time. Finally, add the Cherry De-Lite Cherry Berry Nut Mix, peel and grated lemon zest and stir into the mixture.
  7. Put half the mixture into a greased and lined 18cm/7in cake tin. Smooth the top and cover with the circle of almond paste. Add the rest of the cake mixture and smooth the top leaving a slight dip in the center to allow for the cake to rise. Bake in the preheated oven for 1¾ hours. Test by inserting a skewer in the middle - if it comes out clean, it is ready. Once baked, remove from the oven and set aside to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Brush the top of the cooled cake with the Cherry De-Lite Cherry Preserves. Divide the remainder of the almond paste in half; roll out a circle to cover the top of the cake with one half and form 11 small balls with the other half.
  9. Place the circle of paste on the Cherry De-Lite Cherry Preserves and set the balls round the edge. Brush the cake topping with a little beaten egg.
  10. Preheat the grill to high. Place the cake onto a baking tray and grill for 1-2 minutes, or until the top of the marzipan begins to brown. Alternatively, lightly heat the cake topping using a cook's blow torch, until the marzipan is golden-brown.
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