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23 February 2016

Mother’s Day Simnel Cake

Did you know Simnel cake is traditionally eaten on Mother’s Day or at Easter, this tasty cake marks the end of the forty days of Lent and gave people a scrumptious treat to enjoy.  The word Simnel comes from the Latin word Simila which means fine flour made from wheat.  Simnel cake is a fruit cake with two layers of almond paste, one in the middle and one on top, usually decorated with fresh/sugar flowers, then 11 balls of marzipan are placed on top representing Jesus’s disciples.  It is quite a difficult cake to make although over the years recipes have been adapted and some of the more modern recipes are less fiddly.