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Simnel Cake

Simple Cake

One of the oldest Christian festivals, Easter marks Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

Simnel cake has at some point been adopted as a traditional Easter cake.

The 11 marzipan balls on the
top represent the apostles,
minus the treacherous Judas.

Simnel Cake

  • Servings: 11 slices
  • Difficulty: medium
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Calories 722 per portion
Fat 30g (13.2g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Butter 250g (9oz), softened
  • Light muscovado sugar 250g (9oz)
  • Eggs 4
  • Plain flour 300g (11oz)
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Ground mixed spice 2 tsp
  • Ground almonds 50g (2oz)
  • Luxury dried mixed fruit 500g (1lb 2oz)
  • Lemon 1, finely grated zest and 2 tbsp juice
  • White marzipan 500g (1lb 2oz)
  • Apricot glaze or sieved apricot jam 2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2 and line a 20cm (8in) cake tin with baking parchment.
    Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of the flour along with each egg. Sift in the remaining flour, baking powder and spice and fold the almonds, dried fruit and lemon zest and juice into the mixture. Spoon half into the cake tin and smooth the surface level.
  2. Roll out one third of the marzipan until it’s a circle, just smaller than the cake tin, and lay it on top of the mixture in the tin. Spoon the remaining mixture over the top and level the surface.
  3. Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 2–2¼ hours, or until a skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the cake. Cover with a sheet of baking parchment if it starts to brown. When cooked, remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool.
  4. Remove the cake from the tin and peel away the lining paper. Spread the apricot glaze or jam over the top. Roll out half of the remaining marzipan to fit the top of the cake. Place it on the cake and smooth down, taking care not to trap any air pockets underneath. Pinch around the edges.
  5. Divide the remaining marzipan into 11 pieces and roll each into a ball. Brush a little apricot glaze or jam onto the base of each and evenly space around the top of the cake. Place under a hot grill to brown the marzipan lightly. Remove from the grill and leave to cool before serving.

Cook’s tips
The cake will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.
If you have a choice of marzipan, choose white marzipan, which has a more natural flavour than golden marzipan.

Simnel cake

One of the oldest Christian festivals, Easter marks Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Simnel cake has at some point been adopted as a traditional Easter cake.

The 11 marzipan balls on the top represent the apostles, minus the treacherous Judas.

Preparation time – 30 minutes
Cooking time – 2¼ hours
Calories per slice – 722 Kcal
Fat per slice – 30g
of which saturated – 13.2g
Makes – 11 slices
Suitable for vegetarians

Butter 250g (9oz), softened
Light muscovado sugar 250g (9oz)
Eggs 4
Plain flour 300g (11oz)
Baking powder 1 tsp
Ground mixed spice 2 tsp
Ground almonds 50g (2oz)
Luxury dried mixed fruit 500g (1lb 2oz)
Lemon 1, finely grated zest and 2 tbsp juice
White marzipan 500g (1lb 2oz)
Apricot glaze or sieved apricot jam 2 tbsp

1 Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2 and line a 20cm (8in) cake tin with baking parchment.

2 Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of the flour along with each egg. Sift in the remaining flour, baking powder and spice and fold the almonds, dried fruit and lemon zest and juice into the mixture. Spoon half into the cake tin and smooth the surface level.

3 Roll out one third of the marzipan until it’s a circle, just smaller than the cake tin, and lay it on top of the mixture in the tin. Spoon the remaining mixture over the top and level the surface.

4 Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 2–2¼ hours, or until a skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the cake. Cover with a sheet of baking parchment if it starts to brown. When cooked, remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool.

5 Remove the cake from the tin and peel away the lining paper. Spread the apricot glaze or jam over the top. Roll out half of the remaining marzipan to fit the top of the cake. Place it on the cake and smooth down, taking care not to trap any air pockets underneath. Pinch around the edges.

6 Divide the remaining marzipan into 11 pieces and roll each into a ball. Brush a little apricot glaze or jam onto the base of each and evenly space around the top of the cake. Place under a hot grill to brown the marzipan lightly. Remove from the grill and leave to cool before serving.

Cook’s tips
• The cake will keep in an airtight container for up to a week.
• If you have a choice of marzipan, choose white marzipan, which has a more natural flavour than golden marzipan.

Recipe taken from Around Britain Dairy Cookbook available for a short period at just £2.99!

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Children’s birthday baking

Birthday pirate ship

Today is my son’s 4th birthday and I have had a very busy weekend baking and partying.

I have such fond memories of my own homemade birthday cakes as child; I was determined to make my own.

Despite loathing cooking, my mum made me a magical cake creation every single year, with themes ranging from hedgehogs, to trains and castles. As we were having a pirate party, I attempted a pirate ship to grace the centre of the party table. It really was very simple: a chocolate sponge (from the new Dairy Book of Home cookery) covered with chocolate buttercream; with Polo mints and Rolos for portholes; and paper on skewers for sails.

It only cost a couple of pounds to make, which was much much cheaper than a shop-bought cake, but the main thing was Isaac loved it.

Baking is now so trendy, and such big business, with many individuals starting their own businesses selling celebration cakes and cupcakes. I am definitely not at that level to say the least, but it was such a joy to see the look on my little one’s face when he saw his very own pirate ship cake.

I would love to see pictures birthday cakes you have made for your children or grandchildren. Next on the list, Christmas cake, I had better get my skates on! You may not want to make this into a pirate ship! So here’s the conventional recipe for Chocolate Layer Cake.

Chocolate Layer CakeChocolate Layer Cake
Recipe taken from
The Dairy Book of Home Cookery

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Marmalade Cake

Simple to make and delicious on a summer afternoon.

Marmalade Cake from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery, 2012 editionServes 6–8
Preparation 20 mins
Cooking 1¼ hrs
Per portion 264 kcals,
13g fat (7.7g saturated)
Suitable for freezing
Suitable for vegetarians

225g (8oz) plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp baking powder
110g (4oz) butter
50g (2oz) caster sugar
½ tsp grated orange rind
2 eggs, beaten
3 tbsp orange marmalade
2–3 tbsp milk

1 Grease and line an 18cm (7in) round cake tin or a 450g (1lb) loaf tin.

2 Sift flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Rub in butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

3 Add sugar and orange rind. Mix to a fairly soft batter with eggs, marmalade and milk. Transfer to tin.

4 Bake at 180°C (350°F) Mark 4 for 1–1¼ hours or until a wooden cocktail stick, inserted into centre, comes out clean. Leave in tin for 5 minutes.

5 Turn out on to a wire cooling rack. Peel off paper. Store cake in an airtight container when cold.

Recipe taken from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery | 2012 edition

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