Simnel Cake

  • 2.4:1 ratio
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes
  • Recipe makes 6 portions

This ketogenic diet recipe provides approximately:

Nutritional content Per 1 portion Per 6 portions
Fat 16.9g 13.6g LCT 101.2g 81.2g LCT
3.3g MCT 20g MCT
Protein 4.7g 28.3g
Carbohydrate 2.2g 13.0g
Energy (calories) 180kcal 1077kcal


Ingredients Quantity
Simnel Cake
Butter, room temperature 34g
Sweetener e.g. Sukrin gold 14g
MCTprocal 32g
Ground Almonds 32g
Ground Flaxseed e.g. Cold Milled Virginia Harvest 45g
Carbohydrate-free baking powder e.g. barkat 3g
Ginger, ground 1g
Mixed spice, ground 1g
Cinnamon, ground 2g
Lemon peel, grated 3g
Orange peel, grated 1g
Raisins, chopped 2g
Egg, beaten 28g
Water 30g
Almond extract 2g
Vanilla essence/td>

2 drops
Marzipan Icing
Sweetener e.g. Sukrin gold 14g
Ground Almonds 14g
Egg, beaten 14g
Almond extract 3g


Simnel cake

  1. Pre heat oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan/gas mark
  2. In a bowl, add butter and sweetener, mix for 2 minutes until fluffy.
  3. Add MCTprocal , ground almonds and flaxseed, baking powder, ginger, mixed spice, cinnamon, lemon and orange peel and raisins. Use fingers to rub the mixture to a sandy texture.
  4. Add egg, water, almond extract, and vanilla essence, mix until a smooth, thick batter is formed.
  5. Line a 12cm diameter spring loaded tin and pour in cake mixture.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until a metal skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  7. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Marzipan icing

  1. Add sweetener, ground almonds, egg, and almond extract into a bowl, mix together, until a paste is formed.
  2. Knead the paste for two to three minutes, cover and place in the fridge to cool for five minutes.
  3. Roll the marzipan icing between two sheets of baking parchment until a 10cm diameter circle is formed.
  4. Place the marizpan icing on top of the Simnel cake.
  5. Cut in to six equal portions and serve.

Top Tip!

  • Draw a 10cm diameter circle on the baking parchment before rolling out the marzipan icing.

MCTprocal is a food for special medical purposes and must be used under medical supervision. This recipe has been specifically designed for use in a ketogenic diet. Refer to labels for allergens and other product information.

Always check with your dietitian what is suitable for you.