Simnel Cupcakes


There is something nice about having an individual cake to sink your teeth into. Instead of my usual large Simnel cake I have made smaller cupcakes.

This recipe will make about 12.

You will need:

  • 100g Soft Brown Sugar
  • 100g Butter
  • 2 Eggs (beaten)
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 120g Plain Flour (sifted)
  • 1tsp Mixed Spice
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • Grated Zest of one Orange
  • 100g Sultanas
  • 100g Raisins
  • 60g Chopped Glace Cherries
  • 60g Marzipan

To Decorate:

  • 200g Marzipan
  • Sprinkling of icing sugar for rolling out
  • Microeggs


  • Place your cupcake cases in your cupcake tin and preheat your oven to 170degrees.
  • Divide the 60g of marzipan into 12 equal sized balls.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  • Add the milk along with a spoonful of sifted flour and mix well.
  • Add the remaining sifted flour along with the spice and baking powder and fold through.
  • Once well blended fold in the orange zest and the fruit until the fruit is well distributed in the mixture.
  • Put a spoonful of the cake mixture in each of the 12 cupcake cases.
  • Place a marzipan ball into each cupcake case on the cake mixture.


  • Fill each case up so the marzipan ball is covered.


  • Bake for about 20mins.


  • Allow to cool completely.

To Decorate:

  • Roll out the 200g of marzipan to about 3-5mm thick and cut rounds just slightly smaller than the top of the cupcakes.
  • Position these on the cupcakes, you can use apricot jam or honey to help this to stick.
  • Roll the remainder into tiny balls to decorate the top or use microeggs.
  • If you have used marzipan grill to brown, if you have microeggs grill the marzipan then stick the microeggs on top.

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