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A spiced fruit cake that was traditional in England at Easter, but now less often seen; in even earlier times they were given as Mothering Sunday presents (this day being the 4th Sunday in Lent).
Simnel cakes are topped with a layer of marzipan and decorated with eleven marzipan balls - each representing one of the apostles.
Simnel cake is particularly associated with the town of Shrewsbury, Devizes and Bury. See 'Mothering Buns' For a recipe, see our Recipe Section.