Easter Simnel Traybake

This Simple Traybake from FREEE takes the technical difficulty out of the traditional cake, but keeps all the flavours to allow you to experience the true taste of Easter, but without the extra work…!

Gluten Free Simnel Traybake

A simple take on the classic Simnel Calke

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, british
Keyword cake, Easter, Simnel Cake
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author FREEE


For the cake

  • 175 g FREEE Self Raising White Flour
  • 1 tsp FREEE Xanthan Gum
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 125 g butter
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 50 g ground almonds
  • 150 g mixed dried fruit
  • butter for greasing

To decorate

  • 200 g marzipan
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 25 g flaked almonds


For the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas Mark 3.

  2. Rub some butter around the inside of a 20x30cm/8x10” traybake tin or insert a baking liner.

  3. Put the flour, xanthan gum and mixed spice into a bowl and stir to combine.

  4. Measure the caster sugar and butter into a mixing bowl and beat together until light and fluffy.

  5. Break one egg into the bowl and beat to incorporate. Add the ground almonds and stir.

  6. Break the remaining eggs into the bowl one at a time beating well between each one. Tip in the prepared flour and stir to incorporate. Stir in the mixed dried fruit.

  7. Spoon the mixture into the prepared traybake tin and smooth the surface, then bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

To decorate

  1. Cut the marzipan into 11 equal pieces and roll them into balls. Put the marzipan balls under a hot grill for a few minutes to lightly brown the tops. Remove and leave to cool.

  2. Toast the flaked almonds under the grill for two minutes until light golden brown.

  3. Put the icing sugar into a bowl, add the lemon juice and stir into a smooth icing. Spread the icing thinly over the cold traybake.

  4. Before the icing sets, place the marzipan balls randomly onto the traybake and scatter over the toasted almonds. Slice the traybake and store in a tin.