Simnel Cake

  • 100g glace cherries
  • 400g mixed dried fruit including raisins, sultanas and candied peel
  • 4 tsp mixed spice
  • 500g white marzipan
  • 100g dairy-free margarine
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 6 tbsp marmalade
  • 2 bananas
  • 200g rice flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 4 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 200ml apple juice
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam
  1. Turn the oven to 140°C and line a 18cm-diameter tin with baking parchment.
  2. Rinse the glace cherries and chop them up, then place in a small bowl with the rest of the dried fruit and mixed spice. Stir to coat all the fruit in the spice. 20140418_131323
  3. Roll out the marzipan to a 2–3mm thick sheet (use a little icing sugar for dusting). Place your baking tin on the marzipan and use it as a template to cut two circles.
  4. In a mixing bowl, cream together the margarine, sugar and marmalade.  20140418_131315
  5. Gradually mash in the bananas and stir in the rice flour, ground almonds and baking powder.
  6. Add the spiced fruit mix and apple juice, then stir until everything is well combined. 20140418_133256
  7. Scoop half of the mixture into the tin, followed by one of the marzipan circles.  20140418_135430
  8. Spread the rest of the mixture on top, flattening it out with a spatula.  20140418_135529
  9. Cook for 1 hour and 40 minutes until the cake is browned and cool in the tin.
  10. Brush with the jam and top with the second marzipan circle. Decorate with extra marzipan as desired.  20140419_203912
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