Simnel Cake is most commonly associated with Easter but in fact has its roots firmly set in Mother's Day traditions. My morning Wikipedia lesson taught me that young girls working as domestic servants were given Mothering Sunday off each year to visit their mums. Traditionally they would make a Simnel cake to take home as a gift. However it was not eaten on Mother's Day because of the strict rules of Lent. Instead, it was saved and eaten at Easter.
I'm a bit of a sucker for cake-related traditions (apart from the saving it until Easter bit. Who made that rule?) I'm visiting my mum this weekend and so I've made her a Simnel cake too. This is my first experience of baking, and eating, a Simnel cake. I was kind of expecting it to taste much like a traditional fruit cake but the hidden marzipan layer in the middle of the cake creates a much stickier, moister texture and a hint of almond that permeates the dried fruit.
So Happy Mother's Day to all of the mums reading this. I hope you have a cup of tea in your hand, the Sunday papers close by and a lazy day stretching ahead of you.
And Happy Mother's Day to the best mum in the world, my mum*.
(*I may be slightly biased.)