Simnel Cake is a type of fruit cake traditionally eaten in Britain at Easter. It is much lighter than a Christmas cake and is decorated with a marzipan layer topped with eleven marzipan balls, each symbolising one of Jesus’s apostles, minus Judas the traitor. The cake originated in medieval Britain when it began life as a type of yeast-leavened fruit bread made with the highest quality white flour. In fact, the word ‘simnal’ derives from the Latin simila for the finest flour. The cake developed into a type of boiled pudding in the 17th-18th centuries, then developed into its current form at the turn of the 20th century. Why not try our Simnel Cake recipe for family and friends this Easter?