This version is a tray bake simnel cake and to make this I followed a recipe from the Easter baking section on the Baking Mad website, click here to see the original recipe. I amended this slightly as I didn't have all the ingredients to hand when I made this cake. I used raisins, dried cranberries and cherries for the dried fruit and ordinary self raising flour not wholemeal flour. This tray bake version worked really well and produced a delicious light cake, I gave some cakes to my mum (who loves simnel cake) on Mothering Sunday.
It has also been a Mothering Sunday tradition in days gone by that young girls 'in service' would bake a simnel cake to take home to their mothers and they were allowed to go home to visit mother on that day.
This recipe is the easiest thing ever to do, it takes no time at all. This is how simple it is.
1. Mix the flour and spices and sugar together in a bowl. Add the dried fruits and mix again.
3. Beat the eggs and mix with the milk, pour this into the dried mix followed by the melted butter, mix with a spoon.
4. Pour into a greased/lined oblong tin and bake at 180 degrees C for 30 minutes.
Here is the baked cake just out of the oven (check out the oven gloves :-)):
5. When the cake is rested and cold, cut the cake however you like, I experimented and made some round shapes with a cutter and also some squares and oblongs just by cutting with a knife.
To decorate the cakes you need marzipan, half of one block will do and some apricot jam.
6. Soften the marzipan, like dough in your hands, then roll out the marzipan (use icing sugar if its sticks to your worktop or board) with a rolling pin. Brush the top of the cakes with a small amount of the apricot jam. Then cut a piece of marzipan to fit the top. I crimped the edges, a bit like a pie crust by using the side of a teaspoon.
7. You can decorate the marzipan tops with whatever you like; I cut out flowers, butterflies and leaves from the left over marzipan, I added some confetti like sprinkles for the flower centres; you can stick these on with a dab of water or a dab of the jam.
Now for some really good news! Baking Mad work with Eric Lanlard and have been promoting his new series on Channel 4. As I have tested one of the Baking Mad recipes from the site I am in the fortunate position of being able to give one lucky person a copy of Eric Lanlards Home Bake book as a giveaway. "Discover how to make the perfect Baked Lemon Cheesecake or a simple Blueberry Cheesecake. Create a gorgeous Steamed Sticky Toffee Pudding or a glamorous Hot Ginger Bread Souffle. Or learn the simple tricks behind a great Tarte Tatin or a delicious Bakewell Tart. Delicious recipes, simple tricks...this book contains everything you need to know to make gorgeous homemade bakes". (quote from Amazon)
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment BELOW and tell me what is your favourite home bake at Easter?
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Best of luck and happy home baking!
And here is a more traditional version of the same recipe, but all you do is toast the marzipan under a hot grill once you decorate your simnel cakes...
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