Vegan Simnel Easter Swirl Cake with Sugar-Free Marzipan

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
overnight soaking: 6 hours
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Joanne


Simnel Cake

  • 150 g dried figs
  • 150 g dried apricots
  • 100 g dried goji berries
  • 300 g mix of raisins and sultanas
  • 50 g mixed peel
  • 150 mls fresh orange juice
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 zest of whole orange
  • 1 zest of whole lemon
  • 1 TBSP mixed spice
  • 200 g dairy-free spread
  • 100 g xylitol
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 100 g buckwheat flour
  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 70 g gram flour
  • 70 mls water
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Sugar-free Marzipan

  • 100 g ground almonds
  • 70 g xylitol powdered using a coffee grinder or similar
  • 30 mls water


  1. Begin by placing the dried fruit, mixed peel, almond extract, zest and orange juice into a large bowl, mix together until the ingredients are coated in the orange juice, cover with a plate or clean tea towel and leave to soak overnight or for at least 5 hours.

  2. After soaking, stir through the mixed spice.

  3. In a separate bowl, cream together the dairy-free spread, banana and xylitol until smooth, then add this mixture to the fruit mix and stir until combined.

  4. Next, add the flour, ground almonds, gram flour, water, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.

  5. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and compress down with the back of a spoon. Cover with foil and bake in the oven at 160 degrees C for 1 hour 15 mins.

  6. After 1 hour and 15 mins of cooking time, remove the foil from the cake tin and cook for a further 15 mins until starting to brown on top.

  7. Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool for 20 mins before turning it out on to a cooling rack and leaving to cool completely.

Sugar-free Marzipan

  1. Mix the ground almonds and xylitol together in a small bowl and gradually stir in the water until the ingredients start to stick together.

  2. Take 1 TBSP level measure of the mixture and, with clean hands, roll it together in your palms to form a smooth ball shape. Set to one-side and continue with the remaining mixture until you have 12 equal sized balls.

  3. Place each ball on the cake before serving.

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