Thursday 9th April 2015
By the time you’re reading this we may have already welcomed the new royal arrival, or it may be that the nation is still waiting on tenterhooks. Either way now is a good time to think about how you’ll celebrate the occasion.
We’re biased of course but we reckon a cake or selection of delicious biscuits with a British or royal theme would be the best way to bring everyone together and share in the joy of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
With that in mind here are a selection of baking projects that you can tackle which tie in nicely to the royal birth.
This timeless classic is the kind of cake you can whip up in a hurry. Made with simple ingredients and with no decorating involved (except a dusting of sugar) it requires little preparation. However don’t forget that the Victoria Sponge is a sensitive cake and small variations in temperature and cooking time can result in a radically different outcome.
The royal connection? Queen Victoria was said to enjoy a slice of this cake with her afternoon tea. Although not extravagant it has a sense of understated quality, much like us Brits. Get the recipe here
If you love the taste of a Victoria Sponge but fancy making something a little flashier for the birth of the royal baby try our Union Jack cake. Its beating heart is a Victoria Sponge, but it’s wrapped in layers of Ready To Roll Icing.
The Union Jack motif is surprisingly easy to achieve, but take your time if you want to achieve a finish fit for a prince or princess. Find out how to make this cake here.
When Princess Victoria, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Louis of Battenberg, this cake was reportedly named in their honour. Like the Victoria Sponge, it’s a simple classic, but one that some people avoid because they worry that creating the chequer pattern will be too fiddly.
Follow our recipe to see just how straightforward this cake really is. We’ve given it a chocolatey twist to add an extra hint of luxury, a perfect way to celebrate the new arrival.
Nothing says royalty like a crown, so a batch of these crown biscuits will go down a treat on the big day. With a combination of our Colour Melts, silver dragees and glitter these sparkly biscuits are a colourful and vibrant way to capture the excitement of the new baby. Find out how to make them here