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Simnel Cupcakes

We have created a twist on the classic simnel cake by making some delicious cupcakes. We have used a light fruit cake, filled it with a ball of marzipan, and topped it with vanilla icing and more marzipan! The combination of flavours work so well together, we would challenge ‘any-bunny’ not to like this one!

Top Tip:

  • To give the cupcakes the extra wow factor, why not cover the balls of marzipan in Rainbow Dust lustre to make them shine! To see our range of Rainbow Dust lustres click here.


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Baking ingredients

  • Prepare your equipment: 5cm crimped circle cutter, piping bag, nozzle.
  • Your favourite fruit cake mix (enough to make 10 cupcakes)
  • 500 g Renshaw Original Marzipan

Decorating ingredients

  • 400g Renshaw Creamy Vanilla Icing
  • Rainbow Dust Click Twist Edible Glue Brush


Making the cupcakes:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 175°C/350°F/gas mark 4.

Step 2

Line a cupcake tin with ten cupcake cases.

Step 3

Fill the cupcake cases with your favourite light fruit cake batter.

Step 4

Take 100g of Renshaw Original Marzipan and knead until pliable. Create ten 10g balls by rolling the marzipan together between the palms of your hands into a ball shape.

Step 5

Place each marzipan ball into the centre of the cake batter, and bake in the centre of the pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes.

Decorating the cupcakes:

Step 6

Take 300g of Renshaw Original Marzipan and knead until pliable. Roll out on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar to a 5mm thickness.

Step 7

Cut ten circles out of the marzipan using a 5cm crimped cutter.

Step 8

With the remaining marzipan, create ten small balls rolling them in between the palms of your hands into a ball shape.

Step 9

Open the Renshaw Creamy Vanilla Icing and stir with a spoon.

Step 10

Snip off the end of a piping bag, insert a nozzle of your choice (we used a standard tube nozzle), spoon the icing into the bag, and pipe a whirl onto the cupcakes.

Step 11

Take the cut out marzipan discs and place them gently on top of the vanilla icing.

Step 12

Stick the marzipan balls to the discs using the Rainbow Dust Edible Glue Brush.

Step 13

If you want to create a burnt effect, use a blow torch to quickly colour the marzipan. NB- You can also achieve this effect by grilling on a high heat for approx. 20 seconds.

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