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Simnel Loaf

A Simnel Cake is a rich, fruity cake made with marzipan and eaten during the Easter period. I used this recipe from Heilie Pienaar’s book, The Ultimate Book of Baking in which she makes a Simnel Loaf with a roll of Marzipan through the centre. This recipe is very straight forward and the end result is absolutely delicious. If you prefer to omit the Marzipan, you can, it won’t alter the recipe too much and also won’t affect the cooking time.
Simnel Loaf
You will need
300g dried fruit cake mix
100g whole glace cherries
60ml sherry of orange liqueur
150g butter
140g castor sugar
3 extra large eggs
500ml cake flour
5ml baking powder
45ml milk
250g marzipan (optional)
Simnel Loaf
250ml icing sugar
15ml orange juice
3ml grated orange rind
Simnel Loaf
Combine the fruit cake mix and cherries in a bowl. Add sherry and leave to soak for about 30 minutes.
Cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Sift the flour and baking powder and add. Add the fruit and milk and mix well. Turn half the mixture into a greased 23cm loaf pan. Shape the marzipan into a sausage the length of the pan and place in the centre of the mixture already in the pan. Spoon the remaining cake mixture over the marzipan.
Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degrees Celsius for about 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean (Don’t pierce through the centre but rather on the side of where the marzipan is laid).
Combine all icing ingredients and drizzle over cake.
Simnel Loaf


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3 thoughts on “Simnel Loaf

  1. It almost sounds like a stollen! Delicious!

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