by Mary Berry

Simnel cake was traditionally given by servant girls to their mothers when they returned home on Mothering Sunday and it's now become a classic Easter cake.

Cakes and baking

Buyer's guide

Ready-made marzipan is sold in plastic-wrapped blocks in the baking section of most supermarkets.

Preparation

Marzipan can be made with egg yolk for a richer colour or coloured with food colouring and flavoured, then used to make petits fours. It can be also be moulded into the shape of fruits, vegetables, and so on, to make little sweets.