Easter with food intolerance

Simnel Cake

What is Simnel cake? Simnel cake is a cake that is traditionally consumed on Easter Sunday, it is a light fruit cake with a toasted marzipan topping. The Lancashire version is a particularly fine version – recipes I have found don’t contain saffron, you can leave it out if you wish but I felt it added a nice flavouring and colour to the cake. It is a festival cake once used for mothering Sunday – see a history of the cake here


I hope you have a happy holiday this weekend – despite the cold weather!



240g of self-raising wheat free/gluten-free flour

1 flat tsp of cinnamon*

1/4 of grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp of ground cloves*

1 teaspoon of gluten-free dairy free** cocoa powder

50g of pecan nuts

50g of sultanas

4 eggs

200g of milk free margarine

Large pinch of saffron

200g of golden caster sugar


Pour approximately 1 tablespoon of boiling water on to the saffron and set aside to cool.

Weigh all other ingredients into a mixing bowl, add saffron and liquid mix, mix well.

Place in a paper lined seven-inch baking tin and bake till a cake skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.

Trim the top of the cake flat and turn upside down to give an even working surface. Cover with rolled out marzipan* (or ready roll icing sugar* if you are following a low FODMAP diet – you can colour it pale yellow to simulate marzipan if you wish!) Roll 11 equal balls of marzipan or icing sugar to represent the disciples (minus Judas) and if you are using marzipan place the cake under a grill to brown the marzipan.


Enjoy a small piece with a nice cup of tea!

**Milk free see http://lucysfriendlyfoods.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/dairy-and-nut-free-cocoa-powder-found-at-last/ , lactose free, wheat free, gluten-free, Low FODMAP (without marzipan.) *Ensure these ingredients are not contaminated with wheat or gluten.

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I am a state registered dietitian. My speciality is dietary treatment of gut disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, crohns disease, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease, lactose & fructose malabsorption and multiple food intolerances. I have had lots of experience in other areas of dietetics and I wished to start this blog to spread the word about evidence based dietary treatments and dispel much of the quackery that is common with these diseases. All information on this site is of a general nature and is based on UK based treatments and guidelines. Please see your healthcare practitioner should you need more country specific information.

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