Recipe for Simnel Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream and hidden marzipan center

Recipe for Simnel Cupcakes with Almond Buttercream and hidden marzipan center

Simnel cakes are traditionally light fruit cakes made at Easter and decorated with a marzipan top and 12 marzipan balls to represent the 11 faithful apostles and Jesus. I wanted an excuse to use my latest impulse buy from Lakeland, pretty spring coloured silicone cupcake cases and little wafer bunnies, so I thought I’d attempt simnel cupcakes with a hidden marzipan ball in the center and almond buttercream. I had some mixture left so also made 12 mini cupcakes with the more traditional ball of marzipan on the top and am strangely chuffed that combined with the little squirt of buttercream from the top they look like flowers.

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