Simnel Cake

Preparation info
  • Makes:


    -portion cake
    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      3 hr

Appears in

By Geraldene Holt

Published 2011

  • About

Traditionally associated with Simnel Sunday, the mid-Lent date in the Christian calendar. Simnel derives from the Latin for fine flour – the kind used by pastry cooks. In Victorian times, it was customary for girls in service to return home on Mothering Sunday bearing a Simnel cake. Today this lovely cake with its characteristic layer of marzipan is usually reserved for Easter itself.