The perfect Easter cake for those not keen on Simnel cake the traditional Easter cake made with marzipan .
If you miss Simnel cake and are living grain free, you could use this recipe and add a thin layer of golden marzipan to add to the centre of the cake mixture about 1/3 and then once baked and cooled add warmed apricot jam and a top layer of marzipan, crimp the edges and use the remaining to make 11 balls to place around the edge on the top. This can be brushed with beaten egg and popped under a hot grill for a moment. A good alternative to a traditional Simnel cake.
This really is a treat cake packed with lots of dried fruit, high in sugar but for a special celebration cake this is perfect and I think it will become a new tradition in my home.
You will need
30g chopped dried apricots
80g chopped dried cherries
80g pitted finely chopped medjool dates
130g ground almonds
100g finely chopped walnuts
1 heaped tsp mixed spice
zest of one orange
1/2 heaped tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp squeezed orange juice
15g coconut sugar
4 large eggs
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
Mix all the dry ingredients together and the fruit
add the coconut oil, beaten eggs, orange juice
line a loaf tin or round tin with greaseproof paper
spoon in the cake mixture
sprinkle a little coconut sugar on top
bake for 40mins in pre heated fan oven 170c
Allow to cool
remove from the tin and continue to cool on a wire rack
decorate with mini Easter eggs or leave as it is .
This cake freezes well.
Happy Easter x