Variations on this cake have been around since the Middle Ages. It is usually decorated with 11 balls of marzipan to represent Jesus’ apostles (minus Judas). Using your own marzipan makes it all the more special, but store-bought marzipan works well, too.
Simnel Cake - By Nigella Lawson. A must for Easter. Wonderfully light fruit cake with a hidden layer of marzipan, decorated with a thin layer of marzipan and balls to represent 11 of the apostles and toasted to give a beautiful burnished colour.