Would you like a piece of cake?

The expression ‘a piece of cake’ means that something is easy to achieve. For example, sending a text message is a piece of cake.

After reading the word cake, we are sure that you’ve start thinking about sweet treats! The weekend is here so it’s the perfect time for baking with family or friends.

Here are some of the most popular cakes in the UK.

Victoria Sponge 

A Victoria Sponge seems very simple, it is a classic sandwich style cake filled with jam and cream.

The name of the cake is associated with Queen Victoria who apparently loved a slice or two with her afternoon tea. However, this style of cake originated in Spain in the Renaissance era.

 If you’d like to try and make this cake at home, we recommend this recipe: BBC Classic Victoria Sponge Recipe

Why not show off your baking skills and amaze your friends when you meet for tea?

Lemon Drizzle Cake

According to the Daily Telegraph, 40% of British people claim that Lemon Drizzle is their favourite cake.

Britain doesn’t have the perfect weather for growing lemons! However, Brits are smart and they invented a ‘lemon essence’ (a flavouring made from lemons).

This is one of the easiest cakes to make (and it’s also very tasty!). Try this recipe: BBC Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe.

You will also find it in most bakeries, cafes and restaurants.

Eccles Cake 

Our final choice of cake for this blog is a star bake from the north of England. Eccles is a town around 30 miles from Liverpool and is famous for flaky pastry fruit cakes.

It is not known who invented the Eccles Cake, but we do know that bakers in the town began selling them commercially in the 18th century.

A traditional Eccles Cake contains currants (a type of dried fruit), sugar and is coated with a buttery, flaky pastry.  Sometimes they are topped with crunchy demerara sugar!  

Because they require pastry, Eccles Cakes are not the easiest cakes to make. But brave bakers can try this: BBC Eccles Cake Recipe!

If you want an easier way of baking the tasty pastry, you can buy pastry layers at the supermarket and just add the filling.

You can buy ready-made Eccles cakes at bakeries and supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer’s food department. Or if you’d prefer a real traditional one, you can plan a daytrip to Eccles.

Happy baking, and eating 😊

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