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Simnel Cake

A decorated fruit cake eaten (now) at Easter time in England and with Christian associations - 11 marzipan balls on top represent the 11 true apostles (Judas is left off).

Originally a Mothering Sunday tradition and therefore associated with mid-lent and a person's mother church, it was known in medieval times and therefore is possibly even older. The traditional began to be associated with people in service who were often given Mothering Sunday off to return home to worship at their mother church and were given (or allowed to make) a simnel cake as a gift for their families.

Although once widespread with regional variations, the Shrewsbury recipe seems to be the accepted norm.