This traditional cake has many stories attached to it, from a cake made by young girls in service at large stately homes, to one to take home on leave at Easter, to a couple who could not agree on whether to cook a fruit cake or sponge for Easter – they were called Simon and Nellie, so they named it Sim-Nel. The decoration is also very traditional. It’s layered with marzipan and grilled with 11 balls of marzipan on top, each one representing one of the apostles (minus Judas). Some people say an extra one should be added to represent Jesus, making 12, but it’s really up to you. This cake is very Lancastrian and especially popular around Bury.