Saturday, 2 June 2012

A Right Royal Affair!

To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee we thought we would share this recipe and cake baked by our very own queen of baking Sue Adams, you can also see our wonderful Jubilee cake wraps and toppers on the cupcakes!
Isn't it brilliant! Here is the recipe if you fancy making one for your Jubilee street party:

Sue's Fabulously British Union Jack Cake

For the cake

280g unsalted butter
280g caster sugar
5 eggs
280g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the sugar syrup

5 tbsp water
125g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the butter cream

250g unsalted butter
250g icing sugar

To decorate

Raspberries and blueberries (about 400-500g each)
1. Preheat the oven to 180 and line the base of a 18" x 12" baking tray with straight sides, about 1" tall.

2. In a mixer, beat the butter and caster sugar together until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

3. With the mixer going on a slow setting. add the eggs one at a time, slipping in a tablespoon of flour about half way through to stop the mixture from curdling.

4. Sift in the flour and mix until just combined and then stir in the vanilla.

5. Tip into the tray and spread to cover the base, and bake for 15-20 minutes until the top is golden and the sponge springy to the touch.

6.  Meanwhile, make the sugar syrup.  Place the water and sugar in a pan and bring to the boil over a low-medium heat.  Remove from the heat an leave to cool before adding the vanilla.

7. While the cake is still warm, prod all over with a skewer and spoon the syrup over the cake.

8. Leave to cool.  Once cool, you can remove from the tin, but it is tricky.  You can't see the tin so I leave it - it's also easier to transport this way.

9.  Make the butter cream by sifting the flour into an electric mixer and mixing with the butter for at least 5 minutes.  Once it is light and fluffy, mix in the vanilla.

10. Spread the butter cream over the cake.  You do not want to see any cake, as this will form the base of your flag.

11.  With a blunt knife, gently draw four lines on your butter cream - right to left, top to bottom and corner to corner on both sides.  on either side of the lines for the vertical and horizontal cross, place a raspberry so you have two lines of fruit going down, two from side to side.

12.  Place one row of raspberries on the lines making the corner to corner crosses.
(if you want to true Union Jack representation, place the raspberries below the line on the right hand side and above the line on the left hand side).

13. Finally, will between the red lines with blueberries.  This will create the blue background and the butter cream will create the while outline on the red crosses.

So we hope you all enjoy the 4 day Jubilee celebrations and have some wonderful Jubilee parties we would love to see your photos, so please send them in and we may put them on the blog!