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Simnel Muffins

These lightly spiced fruity muffins with a layer of marzipan inside are a twist on the traditional British Simnel cake which is usually eaten at Easter.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Time to soak fruit1 hr
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: muffin
Servings: 12
Author: Alison Maclean


  • 250 g mixed dried fruit
  • zest and juice of one orange
  • 175 g butter
  • 175 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 300 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 200 g marzipan


  • Mix the dried fruit with the orange juice and zest in a bowl and leave to soak for an hour
  • Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4
  • Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy
  • Add the eggs, flour, nilk and spices and mix until smooth.
  • Stir the fruit into the mixture
  • Half fill the muffin cases with the batter.
  • Divide the marzipan into 12 equal sized pieces
  • Roll each piece into a ball and squash flat
  • Place on top of the muffin batter
  • Add the remaining batter on top of the marzipan in each muffin case
  • Bake for thirty minutes until risen and golden
  • Leave to cool and decorate