This cake may be preferred if you have children as it has chocolate mini eggs and little chicks.
8″ round baked Simnel Cake
500 grams marzipan
Small amount of Royal Icing
Bag of chocolate mini eggs
Small Chicks (these are available from card shops for a few pence each)
10″ round cake board
1 mtr ribbon
Take the baked simnel cake and place on the cake board. Using the tin it was baked in as a template, roll out marzipan and cut out a circle.
Spread the top of the cake with the jam and place the cirle of marzipan on top. Smooth surface and gently ease the edges of the marzipan over the edge of the cake to give a smooth finish.
Place a saucer on top of the cake and using a flat bladed knife, ‘draw’ round the saucer.
Using the remaining marzipan, make 11 (13 if you want to include all the disciples and Jesus) balls and place evenly round the edge of the cake.
At this point you can put the cake under a medium grill to toast the marzipan balls as in the Simnel Easter Cake or you may prefer to leave it as it is.
Fill the centre of the circle with Royal Icing and spread out. Press the chocolate mini eggs into the icing at the edge of the circle and place 2 little chicks with a couple of eggs in the centre.
Cut 2 strips of baking parchment the same depth of the cake and cover the outside edge, using tape to keep in position (see Simnel Easter Cake).
Finally attach the yellow ribbon around the cake and tape into position. I tend to use the paper type florists ribbon. The remaining ribbon can then be used to make a bow and the rest torn into thinner strips. Using the blunt edge of a knife, place the strips between the edge of the knife and your thumb, press hard and pull the strips towards you to create frills. Tie several together and tape to the cake using double sided sticky tape.