Well, It’s jubilee time so I chose this recipe as rumour has it that this is the cake Queen Elizabeth herself likes to make. Apparently it was a favourite of the Queen Mothers too. I like to think that the queen enjoys baking it because her mum liked eating it!!
Anyway, the queen also requested that the recipe not just be passed on free but that charitable donations be made for the recipe. So I made a wee donation to Heartland Fm. If you share, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
It’s more traybake than cake but is absolutely delicious. A big hit here!
Queen Elizabeth Cake
Pour a cup of boiling water over 1/2lb(226g) of chopped dates and 1 level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. Leave to the side. Grease a 9x12inch tin.
- 4oz sugar
- 4oz marg
- 6oz SR flour
- 1 egg
- 20z chopped walnuts
- Add the dates and water to the creamed sugar and marg. Quick mix.
- Add the rest of the ingredients. I gently whisked the egg, added that first, then the flour. (I never added the walnuts, no one likes them in our house!)
- Pour into your greased tin. Bake in a moderate oven (375/190/gas mark 5) for 36 minutes.
- 5 tablespoons brown sugar
- 5 dessert spoons of the top of the milk (I used cream)
- 2oz marg
- Boil together for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool a little then spread on the cake. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. This is a fudge like icing that does not set.
(So next time I would make more icing, it’s a bit scant. Also, my icing mix seperated, I think I left it on the boil just a bit too long – a good mix as it’s cooling sorts that out. So don’t worry if that happens to you.)