Saturday, 3 April 2010

Simulated Simnel and the Moon!

A typical simnel cake has a layer of marzipan in the middle of the cake as well as on the top of the cake. It is traditionally decorated with 11 marzipan balls to represent the apostles of Jesus.

I have made my own version of a simnel cake using an Irish boiled fruit cake recipe and covering the top with a layer of apricot jam and golden marzipan when the cake was cold.

I decorated with marzipan eggs and grilled the top of the cake to brown.

The cake is lovely and moist and improves with keeping getting stickier and more succulent!

It is very easy to make and very easy to eat!

Did you see the beautiful full moon last week at the end of March? It was a beautiful clear orb in the sky and the limitations of my camera doesn't do it justice. Did you know that the March full moon is also known as the full worm, full crow, full crust, full sap, Lenten moon, seed moon and chaste moon. I found this information from the moon calender that can be found here and here.


tinajo said...

Interesting - I´ve never heard of this cake since I´m swedish, but I love to learn. :-) Too bad I can´t taste it through the internet..! :-D

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Your Simnel cake looks lovely.
Missed your cat in this post!!!!
Have a good Easter. :)

Kathy said...

That simnel cake looks really tasty - I love marzipan - I could eat it straight from the packet.
Yes I noticed the full moon last week too but I've never heard of those names for it.
Happy Easter!
Love Kathy xxx

KC'sCourt! said...

Looks a yummy cake!

this is my patch said...

I've 'arf enjoyed the Simnel Cake I made. There is one slice left! I must say Simone, yours looks equally as delicious. x

skippinginthemeadow said...

i thought it was a wonderful moon and i think you've captured it well too.
i would really like to try your way of making a simnel cake, it looks very delicious. i thought i would be baking and posting today, but unfortunately i have two sick animals that need nursing.
hope you have a magical weekend xxx


Lyn said...

I like the different names of the moons. I hate the taste of almonds so have never tasted simnel cake but yours does look delicious!

magsmcc said...

What a perfect cake- have a perfect Easter- with lots of full crusts and much honey coloured full sap!

Julia said...

Hello dear soul!

At last, a chance to stop by and see you and all the delicious things you've been baking and doing! The cake looks so moist its making my mouth water, and yes, thats after a whole day of utter choc-fest feasting! I love your moon facts too, always been drawn to the moon and its energy so Im away now to read your links!
Hope you are well, and that your Easter is a happy one!

Much love
Julia x x x

Little Island In The Med said...

I've also never heard of a simnel cake and I'm British - very interesting!

periwinkle said...

I've just been to see Louise - I'm being tempted with scrummy cake everywhere lol... Now you are making me jealous with the moon aren't you. The next one is April 28th , the Growing Moon . I had wanted to try and take a pic of every full moon this year - made me sad I didn't get this one :-(