Be inspired… to bake a cake

According to this article by Rebecca Earle, Queen Victoria had a 50-inch waist.  This is nothing for anyone to aspire to, but in small doses, cake is good. The Queen was especially partial to a Victoria Sandwich. Given her morbidly obese body, she liked a few others things besides in her later years.

Mrs Beeton, back in 1861, gave us a recipe:


Ingredients: Four eggs; their weight in pounded sugar, butter, and flour, a quarter of a saltspoonful of salt, a layer of any kind of jam or marmalade.

Method: Beat the butter to a cream; dredge in the flour and pounded sugar; stir these ingredients well together and add the eggs, which should be previously thoroughly whisked. When the mixture has been well beaten for about ten minutes, butter a Yorkshire-pudding tin, pour in the batter and make it in a moderate oven for 20 minutes. Let it cool, spread one half of the cake with a layer of nice preserve, place over it the other half of the cake, press the pieces slightly together and then cut it into long finger-pieces; pile them in crossbars on a glass dish and serve.

Time: 20mins. Average cost: 1s, 3d. Sufficient for five or six persons. Seasonable at any time.

Rebecca Earle tried it out and the result was not good. However, there are many other cake recipes around, and a home baked one invariably tastes more authentic than shop bought, so if baking is not your forte, why not give it a try?

It might even prove tasty, relaxing and fun. Victoria Sandwich tastes extra special made with cream, lush jam and fresh strawberries. Anyone wanting to share their cake recipes, please do…

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