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April 11, 2012 / mintcustard

A secular Simnel cake.

Chocolate is good.

Everyone in our house loves chocolate.

Fruit cake and marzipan on the other hand are the spawn of the Devil, (not sure I ought to be writing that in post about Easter foods but Hey Ho) !Personally I like it all, chocolate, fruit cake and marzipan. The trouble is the other members of the house don’t and if I made a regular Simnel cake I’d then be obliged to take one for the team and eat it. Don’t think I couldn’t either. So to save myself from having to be the hero I thought it better to make a cake we’d all eat. The marzipan was still going to be a problem. Then I remembered the true meaning of Easter. Stuff yourself with chocolate until it comes out of your ears, sit still for a long weekend and watch back to back family movies. Ha! I’d make chocolate marzipan, and if they didn’t like it they could just peel it off and leave it.

I had looked at other chocolate simnel cake recipes. I decided to use a marzipan recipe from Poires au chocolat, it truly is as Emma says a “food orgasm”. The cake underneath it is a simple chocolate marble one. In place of the more traditional marzipan balls to represent the apostles and Jesus, I substituted my Easter bunnies from earlier in the week .

Chocolate marble cake.


3 large eggs weighed

Equal weight to eggs of butter

Equal weight to eggs of caster sugar

Equal weight to eggs of self raising flour

1 tbsp orange juice

2 tbsp milk

1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder

  • Make the chocolate marzipan and put it out or reach otherwise there will be none left by the time you made the cake and left it to cool.
  • Heat the oven to 190C
  • Grease and line an 8″ round loose bottomed tin.
  • Cream together the butter and the sugar until pale and interesting.
  • Beat in the eggs one by one.
  • Divide the mixture between two bowls. add half the flour to each and into one bowl add the cocoa powder. Fold in the flour carefully.
  • To each bowl add 1 tbsp of milk and half a tbsp of orange juice. Combine with the batter to slacken the mixture a little.
  • Randomly place spoons of the mixtures into the cake tin and use a skewer to swirl the colours together.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until risen and golden.

Allow to cool completely. Roll out your marzipan and place on the cake. Decorate with either the Easter bunnies for a secular cake or if you want to be more traditional. Make eleven balls from the remaining marzipan to represent the apostles (excluding Judas). You can make a twelfth ball representing Jesus and place it in the centre  of the cake if you wish.

I’m linking this post up to the Easter tea time treats round up, which is being hosted this month by What Kate Baked.


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