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easter simnel cake

Gluten Free Easter Simnel Cake: Prep Time: 25 mins | Cook Time: 2 hours

Gluten Free, Wheat Free
Author The Gluten Free Greek


  • 175 g Dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 50 g coconut flour
  • 50 g rice flour
  • 75 g gluten free self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 175 g margarine or butter
  • 90 g glacé cherries
  • 90 g currants
  • You can use any dried fruit in this recipe
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 capful of vanilla essence
  • 4 grated apples
  • Filling and decoration:
  • 500 g marzipan divided into three even portions
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam
  • gluten free dark chocolate optional
  • double cream optional


  1. Roll out one third of the marzipan using the base of your cake tin as a guide. I used an 8 inch baking tin.
  2. Heat oven to 160°C/140ºC Fan oven.
  3. Roll out the second section of marzipan making it an inch bigger than your cake tin. With the third piece of marzipan, roll out 11 even sized ball shapes to represent the apostles.
  4. Grease the cake tin and line the bottom and side with greaseproof paper.
  5. In a large bowl, beat the softened butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and vanilla essence.
  6. Add all the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the dried fruit last, then the grated apple.
  7. Place half the cake mixture into the tin and level it flat. Then add the smaller marzipan ring. Top with the remaining mixture and level again and bake for 1 hour 30 mins to 1 hour 45 mins until the cake tester comes out clean. Place greaseproof paper on top of the cake before putting in the oven so the top doesn't get brown too quickly.
  8. Once cooked, leave to cool.
  9. Spread the cake with apricot jam. Then add the larger marzipan circle so the edges hang off the cake. Crimp the edges and place the 11 balls around the edge.
  10. If you have any leftover marzipan, you can make a woven plaited basket and add some easter eggs inside.

  11. I melted some chocolate and double cream and piped it over the top.