you surely have to admire the energy and professionalism of The Queen. To still be working now at the grand age of 90 is a huge achievement. In my view, she most certainly deserves to celebrate and what makes this milestone even better, is that The Queen has given us a reason to celebrate too.
In my book, that means cake.
In honour of Her Majesty, we held a Royal Buffet in my office and I was reminded of a rather majestic cake I’d made in years gone by. The occasion then was The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and it seemed fitting to dig out the same recipe 4 years later.
Just like The Queen herself, it’s a classic, and is appropriately named after her great-great grandmother – it had to be a Victoria Sponge.
Light and delicately sweet, it’s the perfect cake for such an event. Once out of the oven, I left my halves to cool before sandwiching them together with traditional strawberry jam.
As much as I’d have liked to put my feet up with a cuppa while they were cooling, I had important decoration-based prep to do. For the topping, I mixed mascarpone cheese with some sifted icing sugar, until it was just sweet – I’m not a fan of very sickly icing. Sticking this in the fridge to set for a while, I turned my attention to the stars of the show: Strawberries and blueberries.
I’d made a point of buying the ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ strawberries from the supermarket and I was hard pressed to find any defects at all. It’s about time the giant shops started addressing the needless waste of so much food just for visual reasons.
I sliced evenly sized strawberries into long quarters and the blueberries in half. After topping the cake with the mascarpone cream, I set to work creating my patriotic masterpiece.
The Finishing Touches
I felt a bit like I was creating some kind of edible mosaic at an art class… Adding the fruit decoration was quite therapeutic and didn’t actually take too long. The result was quite eye-catching and I’m sure Her Majesty would be proud.
So how do my consistency skills fare? After a gap of 4 years, my 90th Birthday cake was a close resemblance to my original Jubilee cake, and it tasted just as delicious.