Mary Berry’s simnel cake

Preparation time


Cooking time

over 2 hours


Serves 10

Decorate this traditional Easter cake with crystallised primroses or other edible spring flowers to make it look extra special.

Mary Berry recipes
From The Great British Bake Off


  • 100g/4oz red or natural glacé cherries
  • 225g/8oz softened butter
  • 225g/8oz light muscovado sugar
  • 4 large free-range eggs
  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 225g/8oz sultanas
  • 100g/4oz currants
  • 50g/2oz chopped candied peel
  • 2 lemons, zest only
  • 2 level tsp ground mixed spice

For the filling and topping

  • 450g/1lb golden marzipan
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 large free-range egg, beaten, to glaze

To decorate

  • 1 free-range egg white
  • organic primroses (or alternatively other edible spring flowers)
  • handful caster sugar
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