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Simnel Cake Recipe

Simnel Cake Recipe

Simnel cake is a light fruitcake with delicious dried fruits and topped with marzipan and apricot jam. It is a classic holiday cake popularly served during Easter in certain European countries.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Simnel Cake Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 547kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup mixed dried fruits and nuts


  • 1 cup apricot jam
  • 18 ounces marzipan
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly grease a bundt cake with baking spray or butter and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat butter and sugar until fluffy and smooth. Add eggs one at a time and whisk after each one. Add lemon juice, vanilla, lemon zest, and orange zest. Beat until fully combine, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  • In two additions add the flour mixture and beat until fully combined.
  • Stir in raisins, cranberries, dried fruits, and nuts.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 30 minutes, after which invert it on a serving dish and let it fully cool.
  • Microwave the apricot jam for 30 seconds, stir and microwave again. Top the cake with it, distributing it evenly. Let it fully cool and settle, preferably refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes.
  • Roll the marzipan into a disk, place it onto the cake, cut a hole to resemble the bundt cake, and slightly press it onto the cake.
  • Garnish with chopped dried apricots.
  • Slice and enjoy!


Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 3mg