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Mini Simnel Cakes

Mini Simnel Cakes

A quick and easy Mini Simnel Cakes recipe from the Cook’s Diary.

Mini Simnel Cakes


Butter 175g (6oz), softened

Caster sugar 110g (4oz)

Eggs 2 medium

Self-raising flour 110g (4oz), sifted

Mixed spice ½ tsp

Dried luxury fruit 50g (2oz)

Marzipan 60g (2½oz)

Icing sugar 50g (2oz)

Ground almonds 50g (2oz)

Milk 1-2 tbsp

Sugar pearls to decorate



Preheat oven to 190°C/170°fan/Gas 5 and line a muffin tin with 9 paper cases.


Cream 110g (4oz) butter and caster sugar together until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, each with 1 tablespoon flour.


Fold in remaining flour, spice and dried fruit and spoon into paper cases. Cut marzipan into 9 equal pieces and roll each one into a ball. Place in centre of each cake and push down slightly.


Bake for 18-20 minutes until risen and just firm to touch. Cool on a wire rack.


ream together remaining butter, icing sugar, ground almonds and enough milk for a piping consistency. Use an icing bag to pipe onto each cake. Sprinkle 11 pearls on each.

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