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The Coach and Horses Easter Simnel cake

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31 MARCH 2010

Ingredients

  • 125g soft butter
  • 125g organic soft brown sugar
  • 3 small organic eggs
  • 170g white flour
  • a big three fingered pinch of baking powder (3g)
  • a big three fingered pinch of mixed spice (3g)
  • a small pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 shot of brandy

For the fruit
  • 125g sultanas
  • 125g currants
  • 125g glace cherries
  • the chopped peel of 1 lemon and 1 orange

For the marzipan
  • 400g marzipan
  • Apricot jam
  • 1 beaten egg

Method

Heat your oven to 150C. Line and grease a 7” round cake tin.

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add the eggs whilst whipping at high speed.

Beat in the flour group of ingredients till smooth. Then gradually stir in all the fruit.

Plop half the mixture into the tin and level it off. Take 150g of the marzipan and roll into a disc the size of the cake about a centimetre thick and place on top.

On top of this goes the rest of the rich cake mix. Smooth it down with a slight dip in the middle, which will allow for the cake to rise.

Bake the cake for one and a half hours, or until your skewer comes out clean.

Take the cake from its tin and cool on a wire rack.

Once the cake has cooled, brush it with apricot jam.

Roll two thirds of the remaining marzipan out so it can cover the top of the cake.

Make 11 (the faithful apostles) little balls with the last of the marzipan and set them around the circumference and paint marzipan with the beaten egg.

Under a hot grill, lightly singe the upper surface of the cake.

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