English Queen Cakes
June 2: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (1953)
Long live the Queen! Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of England and the Commonwealth, following more than a year-long mourning period of the death of the preceding sovereign. Her father, King George VI, died on February 6, 1952, and the royal heiress ascended the throne.
A grand coronation ceremony took place on June 2, 1953, at Westminster Abbey. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee in 2002. Year-long celebrations are taking place worldwide for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
Have an at-home royal watch party (when the media cover the various Diamond Jubilee events) and include English Queen Cakes for a majestic menu. These individual, simply sweet sponge cakes are tasty as a tea time treat and are appropriate for commemorating the coronation of an English queen!
(Adapted from Cook It Simply)
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup golden raisins (sultanas)
Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers (we used gold colored liners). In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar. In a cup, beat the eggs. Pour the beaten eggs into the butter-sugar mixture. Mix well. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture into the butter-sugar-egg mix. Blend well until the batter is smooth.
Fold in the raisins. Scoop into cupcake liners no more than half full. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely on wire racks. Yield: 6-8 cupcakes or 12-16 mini-muffins.
- Try other royal-inspired recipes that we posted on our blog, such as coronation chicken tea sandwiches, royal scones and chocolate biscuit cake (Prince William’s Groom’s Cake), which we posted on April 29, 2011 (the royal wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton).
- Learn more about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at the official website at http://www.thediamondjubilee.org/.