|The Perfect Cake for The Children To Make|
Light vanilla sponge, sandwiched together with lashings of strawberry jam and cream, topped off with fresh strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate. Oh this is a seriously glorious cake indeed! I know that using strawberries and blueberries to make a union jack is quite a well known idea, and I loved this one in particular in the Telegraph .. so I'll make no claims to this being my original idea, but my twist is in the addition of white chocolate Maltesers because I wanted to add a but of texture and fun for my children.
Of course not everyone is a monarchist, however the jubilee is a day where you meet your neighbours, chat, laugh eat and drink with people in your community and I think that it's a good thing to celebrate all that is best about being British, including our food and this cake is perfect for a street party - it's delicious and is really very simple to make and serves 20 ... and if ever there was a time to make the extra afford to make a cake special then if you can use the very best British strawberries, fairtrade vanilla and free range eggs. Enjoy the celebration!
Prep time 30
Cooking time 30 minutes
Suitable for freezing? Yes before filling or decorating
For the cake
500g butter or margarine (suitable for baking)
500g Cardamom Sugar
500g self-raising flour
9 large eggs
For the filling
400g of cream cheese
800ml double cream
8 drops of Ndali vanilla essence
175g icing sugar (sifted)
1 pot of strawberry Jam
A large punnet of strawberries
60g of white chocolate buttons
100g of white chocolate maltesers
a large punnet of blueberries
1 Preheat the oven to 180˚C/gas mark 4.
2 Using a food mixer, cream together the butter or margarine and Sugar Beat well until white and fluffy.
3 Add 3–4 tablespoons of flour to the mixture, then add the eggs. Adding the flour like this prevents the mixture from curdling. If it does, just keep adding flour a little at a time, beating the mixture to ensure it is evenly distributed. Continue mixing and add the rest of the flour,
4 Divide the mixture between 28cm x 22cm x 6cm rectangular cake tins and bake in the oven for 30 – 35 minutes, until firm to the touch. Cool on a wire rack.
5 Once fully cooled you can carefully cut the slight dome off each cake to make the cake top flat using a large bread knife. Then make the filling. Whip the cream cheese, cream, vanilla essence and icing sugar until thick. Spread the jam on the base of one cake and the cream on the other and sandwich together using just over half of this mix.
6 Sandwich the two halves together and spread the rest of the cream on the top of the cake. Using a reference to the Union jack decorate the top in the shape of the flag, using the strawberries, chocolate and blueberries to represent each colour.
TIPS Use the leftover sponge, from cutting off the dome and make summer fruit trifles with the spare blueberries and strawberries for your party.
There are lots of other wonderful Jubilee cakes .. here are some more!
Ren has some beautiful Jubilee cupcakes on her site !
Edd Kimber has this gorgeous Jubilee cake .. in layers.