Lake District cake makers Ginger Bakers have launched a new addition to their seasonal cake range to celebrate Mother’s Day and Easter, a traditional Simnel Cake with a twist.
Giving the gift of a Simnel Cake has a long tradition, originally linked to Mothering Sunday, these days it’s become linked to Easter. But the reality is the giving of Simnel Cakes is traditionally linked to the Roman Catholic Church, when on the fourth Sunday in Lent, aka Mid-Lent Sunday, people would attend church to make an offering at the altar, known as ‘going mothering’.
These days the tradition of offering a cake has changed somewhat, it’s no longer a gift to the mother-church but a gift to one’s own mother and happily it also doubles as a delicious Easter treat too…
And happily, thanks to the team at Ginger Bakers Mother’s Day and Easter needn’t be all about chocolate… after all elevenses wouldn’t be complete without a slice of rich, fruit laden Simnel Cake.
This delicious offering from Ginger Bakers hits all the notes a sweet tooth could wish for… but there’s a couple of tasty twists too this as this traditional cake recipe has been given a bit of a makeover by adding tangy orange and lemon peel to their divine bake, along with a hint of orange zest for good measure.
Though it goes without saying that all the flavours we love in a Simnel Cake, like plump sultanas, raisins and cherries, aromatic mixed spices and a generous tot of brandy or two are present and correct.
There’s a wee decorative twist too, this little fruit-filled cake is topped with a layer of marzipan and topped with dainty marzipan flowers instead of the traditional marzipan balls, which are meant to represent the apostles minus Judas. Though the delicious flowers mean that the cake can be enjoyed for Mother’s Day too, win,win!
Ginger Bakers 400g Simnel Cake is available for nationwide delivery in time for Mother’s Day and Easter celebrations priced at £10.00 + postage and packing.
Lisa Smith of Ginger Bakers commented: “At Ginger Bakers, we love to innovate and adapt traditional cake recipes and bring them firmly up to date. Our Simnel cake is no exception, and happily it’s a delicious treat for either Mother’s Day or Easter. Just the thing to enjoy with a cuppa for your elevenses, though who needs an excuse to enjoy cake!’’