Bury Simnel Cake

A light fruitcake which, in a tradition dating from mediaeval times, was baked by children as a gift for Mothering Sunday. It is now more often associated with Easter.

The cake is decorated with eleven balls of dough round the edge, representing the eleven true apostles.

A Shrewsbury simnel cake has also been reported, in which the decorations are marzipan.


Bury is a town on the north side of the Manchester conurbation. The marzipan version is known throughout the country.