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Raspberry Simnel Cake

A cake to celebrate the eating of sugar again at the end of Lent with 11 balls of marzipan to represent the disciples (minus Judas).  Our berry twist is lighter and fresher and even more delicious!

Serves 10 Prep time 30 minutes Cook time 1.5 hours



  • 500g ready made marzipan
  • 150g raspberries plus 11 for the top (about 50g)
  • 200g self raising flour plus 1 tbsp
  • 175g butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs plus an egg yolk, beaten
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 150g sultanas
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten to loosen


  1.  Line a 20cm loose bottomed baking tin with parchment.  Roll out a third of the marzipan to a 20 cm circle - you can use the base of the tin to cut round.  Wrap the remainder and any off cuts and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 170C/fan oven 150C/gas mark 3.  Toss the 150g raspberries in the extra tbsp of flour and set aside.  Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy, then gradually whisk in the eggs (3 whole and 1 yolk).  If the mixture begins to curdle add a tbsp of flour and mix in.  Sift the flour over the mix and fold in gently until smooth.  Fold in the ground almonds, sultanas and floured raspberries.
  3. Scrape half the cake mixture into the tin and carefully lay the marzipan round on top.  Add the remaining mixture, level the top and bake for around 1hour 15 to 1 hour 30 until golden and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Cool in the tin for 15 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Roll out half the remaining marzipan to a circle and sit it on top of the cooled cake.  Shape 11 balls from the leftover amount and arrange in a circle on top.  Preheat the grill to medium.  Brush all over with the egg white and then place under the grill or use a blow torch to brown gently.  Remove from the grill, leave to cool and then decorate with the fresh raspberries.


The cake keeps well in airtight container for up to five days without the extra berries on top.  Alternatively freeze the cake before adding the marzipan top for up to a month.