Easy Jubilee Bakes
Here are some super simple but very traditional, British bakes, that are all very fitting for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. Try authentic recipes, just as they were developed and how we make them, here in the UK.
Why Use These Recipes?
What’s more fitting for celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than making some authentic British bakes? Beware of other websites claiming to be providing ‘Traditional’ British recipes. The following recipes are as authentic and traditional as you can get and on most cases classics to my country.
That said, I am aware not all ingredients are easily available in other countries and where possible I will provide suitable alternatives.
Grams, Ounces & Cups Measurements
All my recipes (and reviews of other recipes), include ingredient measurements in grams, ounces & cups as standard. I also always include the alternative names ingredients might be known by.
Note also that all my conversions are hand measured by myself. This is because Google can be both inaccurate and inconsistent. So I personally hand measured ingredients used in my recipe testing phase. From that I was able to produce a Baking Conversions Table of most commonly used baking ingredients.
If you know my recipes or my site, you know I am a strong advocate of thoroughly explained and detailed recipes. I believe in writing step-by-step instructions so that baking is achievable for anyone. And I do that by explaining the key baking terminology used in recipes, as well as demonstrating the stages with process photos.
Victoria Sandwich Cake
One of the most well-known British cakes is a Victoria Sandwich Cake. Also known as a Victoria Sponge Cake, this is said to have originated when Anne Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, introduced Queen Victoria to the cake when she regularly invited her for afternoon tea & cakes. Afternoon tea then became very popular among the upper class and this light airy sponge cake, having been approved by Queen Victoria herself, became known as a Victoria Sponge Cake.
This light layer cake, with an open texture, is traditionally filled with raspberry jam & whipped cream, and topped simply with icing/powdered sugar. In more modern times, buttercream has been used as a filling, as well as on top, with the addition of lots of fresh berries such as strawberries and raspberries.
Try my recipe that includes all the hints and tips to make your sponge rise tall. As well as the option to add raspberry jam to the batter, to make a little more special. (See Diana’s pic above). Or try my Chocolate Victoria Sandwich recipe.
Classic British Scones
Perfect for Afternoon Tea, British Scones are something else that has been around for a very long time. Having extensively tested and worked on my scones recipes, I developed a recipe and Scone video tutorial including all the tips to achieve what I call the classic ‘rise & split structure’, that many struggle to achieve.
Or watch my almost real-time Scone Video Tutorial.
Go to article on Cream Tea and how to have your own at home.
What To Serve With Scones?
Jam – this is classic to our scones and any kind you like. Why not try my Plum Jam recipe for home made jam? (Or use any other fruit, or frozen fruit).
Cream – the classic to pair with the jam is whipped cream or clotted cream. Use Double/Heavy/whipped cream.
Lemon Curd – a lovely alternative to jam is lemon curd. Here’s how to make Home Made Lemon Curd.
Butter – some people like some butter on their scones, and some like butter along with the jam and cream.
Kids also like them with chocolate spread.
Scottish Shortbread By A Scot
Another recipe close to my heart is Scottish Shortbread. This reminds me of Hogmanay (New year’s eve) and nothing can beat the home made version. Much more tender than other shortbread, the use of corn flour (corn starch), give it it’s amazing ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ texture.
Classic Carrot Cake
Carrot cake is loved by most people in Britain, not just because it’s a super simple cake to make, but because it tastes great and isn’t too heavy.
Paired beautifully with an orange flavoured cream cheese frosting, it doesn’t need much decoration or even prior baking skills or knowledge.
My recipe doesn’t include nuts in the batter, but you can add as decoration in case there’s anyone who isn’t keen on nuts.
Check out my Carrot Cake page, where you will find the various ways to make the cake. These include the 3 or 4 layer cake, cupcakes, as a bundt cake, as a traybake (squares/cake bars), as mini bundt cakes or even a gluten free version.
Gingerbread cake is a simple classic in British baking. Its unique taste comes from the Golden Syrup & Black Treacle. Read my recipes, showing the differences if you use substitutes.
Also includes where to buy these British ingredients.
Boiled Fruit Cake
This recipe used by my friend Diana, is a trending recipe on Google. Such a traditional bake, this is a simple cake to make. We bill as a “No Hassle Boiled Fruit Cake For Afternoon Tea“.
Swiss Rolls (Jelly Rolls)
Let me teach you how to successfully make a flour-free chocolate roll cake (so Gluten free too). Fill with jam and cream or use the chocolate orange buttercream filling like in my Yule Log. Detailed instructions & video tutorial
Cupcakes & Muffins
Easy cupcakes in different flavours – pictured are my egg & butter free chocolate cardamon cupcakes with an espresso buttercream topping. (These can be made Vegan, lactose or dairy free).
Easy 1 Bowl Chocolate Layer Cake
Like the chocolate cupcakes above, this simple layer cake is egg & butter free and can be made Vegan, lactose or dairy free successfully. Use any jam or fresh fruit you like, for this quick recipe.
Or a simple but tropical version of Banana Bread?
Individual Chocolate Tarts
Here’s my thoroughly indulgent, individual chocolate tarts, using shortcrust pastry. My sweet shortcrust recipe is all you need to know to be successful with pastry.
Cheats Strawberry Mousse
No-bake & easy recipe, perfect for using gorgeous berries & no need to mess about with gelatine. Can be made vegetarian too.
Savoury Bakes & Snacks
Lots of easy savoury bakes and snacks on the party page.
Quick cheese puff pastry recipes, smoked paprika cheesy squares, savoury roasted almonds, biscuits for cheese & more.
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