Simnel Cupcakes

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Makes 20 Prep Time 30 minutes   Cook Time 45 minutes   Rated:    
by Bree Gould

When it comes to tradition, I have quite a few, but Easter to me is strictly chocolate related.

I do love fruitcake though and I love homemade marzipan even more...so I thought it was time.

Simnel cake is a light fruitcake formerly eaten during the pre-Easter period in the United Kingdom, Ireland and some other countries but has become a traditional cake for Easter Sunday. It is distinguished by two layers of almond paste or marzipan, one in the middle and one on top.

Simnel cakes have been known since at least medieval times. Today they are generally served from the fourth Sunday of Lent onwards...if you are up on all that! They are also served on Mother's Day...the marzipan balls, (either 11 or 12) represent either the 12 apostles minus Judas, plus Jesus if you go with 12.

We ended up with 20 cupcakes, but you can always serve eleven cupcakes on whatever day you choose to be in keeping with tradition. (This is sort of convenient as it means there are least 9 cupcakes floating around without a purpose! You're welcome!)

Whenever you decide to serve them, Hoppy Easter, Happy end of Lent or Happy Mother's Day.

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