Even more Easter baking this week with not one but two Simnel cakes. Both are intended as gifts. I only hope they make it that far – the smell is driving me wild as I’ve just liberated the second one from the oven.
I don’t really have what they call a ‘signature bake’ but people do seem to enjoy and remember my Simnel cake. Always overexcited by a bit of praise, I felt duty bound to bake it again this year. I most often go for the traditional look, topping it with toasted marzipan balls but I thought I’d try something different this time. I found a lovely mini bunny cookie cutter and soon had rabbits chasing around the edge of the cake (typical of me that the cutter inspired a piece of embroidery before it made it into the kitchen). I was always a fan of the rabbits that chase around Bunnykins pottery. You can see the lovely two-handled mug that was my christening gift. When I got it down off the shelf, I found the little china bunny inside. I don’t know how long he’d been hiding in there but what an appropriate time for him to hop out!
Adding a real ribbon bow is always a satisfying way to finish a cake. I like the way releasing the ribbon adds to the ceremony of cutting into it. What I don’t like is when greasy marks appear through the ribbon. My solution was greaseproof paper. This refused to tuck neatly behind the ribbon so I decided to make a feature of it with the help of a Martha Stewart paper punch. Result: a very frilly, marzipan-laden cake. I do hope my recipients have a very sweet tooth.