Golden Layered Simnel Cake

Light fruit cake, almond buttercream and marzipan topping

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Cake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 16
Author thebakingexplorer


For the cake

  • 350 g Butter or baking spread
  • 350 g Golden caster sugar
  • 6 Eggs large
  • 350 g Self raising flour
  • 250 g Dried fruit
  • 2 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1 Lemon

For the buttercream

  • 400 g Icing sugar
  • 200 g Butter or baking spread
  • 1 tsp Almond extract

For decoration

  • 320 g Natural marzipan
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 2 tbsp Apricot jam
  • 1 Egg white


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease and line three 9" sandwich tins

  2. For the cake, cream together the butter and the golden caster sugar

  3. Whisk in the eggs, adding them two at a time, and mix well

  4. Fold in the mixed spice, salt and self raising flour. Then gently mix in the zest of the lemon and the dried fruit
  5. Divide the mixture between the cake tins

  6. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. Tip the sponges out of the tins and leave to cool

  7. To make the buttercream by mix the icing sugar with the butter and the almond extract until smooth. Pipe it around the edge of the first layer and smear it in the middle Place the second layer of cake on top and do the same with the remaining buttercream

  8. Add the final sponge layer and brush the apricot jam over the top to help the marzipan stick
  9. Roll up 11 marzipan balls weighing 15g each and roll the rest out into a disc
  10. Place it on top of the cake and trim the edges. Then brush it all over with egg white, place the balls around the cake and brush them with egg white too
  11. Use a cook's blowtorch to scorch the marzipan in the centre and on top of each ball
  12. Store leftovers in an airtight container in a cool place and eat within 3 days

Recipe Notes

Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger. If you can't get hold of it, use a Pumpkin Spice mix instead