Simnel Cake  by beryl

Simnel Cake

This is a light fruit cake eaten during the pre=Easter period in the UK , Ireland and some other countries . It is distinguished by two layers of almond paste or marzipan , one baked in the middle of the cake and the other placed on top of the cake after baking , and decorated with a circle of 11 balls or eggs made from the marzipan . Conventionally y the 11 balls represent the 12 disciples of Jesus ,minus Judas Iscariot who had betrayed Jesus . The top of the cake is then browned under the grill ( or in my case blow-torched ) It was originally made for the fourth Sunday in Lent - although in most recent times it is eaten throughout the pre-Easter period and even on Easter Sunday .
Mine I made at the beginning of the week and managed to marzipan the top of the cake today

Thank you all for your good wishes yesterday - I do feel better today - but some way to go before being reasonably pain free - as they say- I keep taking the pills !
Oh Beryl that looks yummy. I haven’t made a simnel cake in years. This is a great capture.
April 18th, 2019  
Super simnel cake Beryl, so neat & very tempting! Love the wee chicks! You do so well considering you are in pain lots of the time, puts me to shame you standing there making delicious goodies like this! Enjoy!
April 18th, 2019  
It looks delicious Beryl. Just "up my street".
April 18th, 2019  
looks very rich!
April 18th, 2019  
It looks very tempting.. I'd love to try it. Neat capture.
April 18th, 2019  
Expertly made & delicious I’m sure!
April 18th, 2019  
Looks lovely. I so love Marzipan!.I'm coming over for a piece
April 18th, 2019  
Oh my this sounds wonderful. I love the two little chicks.
April 18th, 2019  
Keep some for me please!
April 18th, 2019  
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I didn't know anything about a simnel cake. Thanks for your interesting explanation. It looks delicious!
April 18th, 2019  
Scrumptious image and interesting information
April 18th, 2019  
Looks good. I just can't take marzipan.
April 18th, 2019  
More yummy food, love marzipan. Wow you made it!
April 18th, 2019  
Looks tasty! I've never heard of such a cake.
April 18th, 2019  
It looks yummi , but not for me. So sorry but I do n`t like the taste - sweet.
( so sorry it dies.)
April 18th, 2019  
Your cake is lovely Beryl especially with the addition of the two cute chicks. Save a slice for me.
April 18th, 2019  
looks really nice beryl , nicely photographed
April 19th, 2019  
Looks like it would take a lot of time to make this.
April 19th, 2019  
What an artist effort in the kitchen- beautiful work of art - love the symbolism
April 19th, 2019  
The cake looks delicious. Glad you are feeling much better
April 19th, 2019  
Pity I am fasting today, otherwise I would have asked you to e-mail a slice. That cake looks delicious.
April 19th, 2019  
I love this, it looks delicious. Your story is perfectly explained too
April 22nd, 2019  
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