Simnel cake

This recipe is on our Thermomix calendar, given to customers who hosted a demonstration in January and February. It looked so amazing that I couldn’t resist making it. It’s a traditional cake in United Kingdom and Ireland dating from the Victorian era. It should have 11 little eggs on top that represent the 11 disciples of Christ at Easter (I didn’t judge too well, so only managed to fit 10 eggs).

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Source: Beverley Dunkley for I love chocolate, I love Thermomix

Ingredients

150g chopped candied fruit
150g currant
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tsp real vanilla extract
30g Brandy
200g dark chocolate in small pieces or callets
50g unsalted butter, diced
3 large eggs
100g caster sugar
110g plain flour
15g cocoa powder

Marzipan
110g blanched almonds (I used ground)
120g granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp orange flower water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract

Chocolate ganache
150g double cream
11 small eggs

Method

  1. Make the Marzipan: weigh 50g sugar into the TM bowl and grind to caster sugar 5 sec/speed 10. Tip out and set aside.
  2. Weigh the remaining 70g sugar into the TM bowl, grind to icing sugar 1 min/speed 10. Set aside in a flat bowl or on a plate.
  3. Weigh the blanched almonds (they must be dry) into the TM bowl and grind until fine 10 sec/speed 10 (no need if using ground almonds).
  4. Add the caster sugar and most of the icing sugar (save 1 tbsp for step 6). Mix 10 sec/speed 3.
  5. Add the egg yolk and flavourings. Knead 1 min/dough setting until a rough paste is formed. If it looks crumbly, press it together with your fingers, it should make a dough.
  6. Taste and add more almond extract if needed (knead 30 sec/dough setting if that’s the case). Turn out the TM bowl and use the remaining icing sugar to roll out the Marzipan.
  7. Make the cake: preheat the oven at 180C and line a 18cm round deep cake tin with baking parchment. Place a bowl on top of the TM lid and weigh in the fruits, then add the lemon zest, vanilla and Brandy. Stir then leave to soak for at least 20 minutes.
  8. Melt 50g chocolate with the butter 2 min/50C/speed 3, pausing half way through to scrape down the sides. It should be fully melted and smooth. Heat 1 minute longer if needed.
  9. Mix in the eggs, sugar, flour and cocoa powder 30 sec/speed 5 then stir into the soaked fruits with the spatula. Pour half the batter into the prepared tin.
  10. Roll the Marzipan into a disc about 18cm diameter x 1cm thick. Place on top of the cake batter. Cover completely with the remaining batter. Bake 50 minutes until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  11. Ganache: melt the remaining 150g chocolate with the double cream in a clean TM bowl 2 min/50C/speed 2 until 3/4 of the chocolate is melted, pausing to scrape down the TM bowl once.
  12. Scrape down the sides of the TM bowl and mix without heat until completely melted and smooth. Spread half the glaze on top of the cake with a palette knife, allowing it to drizzle down the sides slightly.
  13. Cool the rest of the glaze in a bowl until almost fully set, then aerate by hand with a balloon whisk until thick enough to pipe. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and pipe 11 rosettes around the top of the cake and place a small Easter egg on each.

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8 Responses to Simnel cake

  1. Superbe !! en plus il doit être délicieux!! Bizz!!

  2. What a fantastic cake you’ve produced here, Nora! Bravo and Happy Easter!

  3. c’est tout mimi ça !!!

  4. I hate to say it, knowing our weaknesses, but there is no, no, NO chocolate in a traditional Simnel cake!!!

    • French Foodie

      Michael, you are right, traditional Simnel cake doesn’t have chocolate and I should have specified that it was a version inspired by the traditional Simnel cake. Thanks for the precision!

  5. bonsoir nora,tu a fait un magnifique gateau,super appétissant! miam.
    bonne après-midi!

  6. It looks so gorgeous Nora, it has to be absolutely delicious.

  7. magnifique bravo tu peux etre tres fiere joyeuses paques

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