How many do you know…
When we think of cakes the one that springs to most people’s minds is the Victoria Sponge Cake. The cake is called as such, due to the fact that Queen Victoria absolutely adored this classic sponge cake with jam and cream.
It may not surprise you to know that there are many other cakes that are named after royalty. There’s quite an extensive list in fact, as there are cakes from across the world that you may recognise but may not have known where they got their names from, so we’ve selected some great cakes how they go their names.
Princess Cake – this Swedish cake is made from layers of sponge cake, raspberry jam, whipped cream, and traditionally covered in a pale green marzipan, and decorated with a pink flower on top. The dome shaped cake was named after Princess Margaretha who married a prince from Sweden in the early 1900s.
Elizabeth Cake (aka Queen Elizabeth Cake) – there are actually two versions of this cake that many people love. The first is a sponge cake made with sultanas and apricot, finished off with an apricot. The official Canadian version of the cake is made with dates and nuts and is often serve with a caramel glaze. One account says this cake was named after Queen Elizabeth II and may have first been made in 1953 for her coronation. Another account stats that it was invented for the 1937 coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Prince William Chocolate Biscuit Cake – A cake made with chocolate, biscuits, and butter, which is often served royal events. This decadent cake is reportedly one of Prince William’s favourite desserts and is one of the newer cakes to appear in our cooking repertoires.
King Cake – We hadn’t heard of this cake previously to writing this blog. But what we have found out about it is that it’s a cake (a bit like a bunt cake) typically made with cinnamon and is usually decorated with colourful icing and sugar. The cake is traditionally enjoyed at Mardi Gras and is reportedly named after the three kings who visited baby Jesus.
Battenburg Cake – another classic British cake made of two different-coloured sponge cakes that are cut into long strips and arranged in a checkerboard pattern which is held together with apricot jam and covered in marzipan. It was named in honour of Prince Louis of Battenberg, who was married to Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine.
Sacher Torte – This Austrian delicacy is made with a dense chocolate cake and a layer of apricot jam, which is usually served with whipped cream. It got its name from Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich’s court in Vienna.
Dutch Princess Cake – An almond cake with raspberry jam and a pastry cream filling which is covered in pink marzipan. Along similar lines to the Swedish Princess cake. Its named after Princess Juliana who became the queen of the Netherlands in 1948 after the abdication of Queen Wilhelmina (her mother).
Imperial Cake – although thought to be a Russian cake by most, it was actually created by a French chef in honour of Empress Elizabeth. The cake is made of layers of sponge cake with fruit preserves and buttercream, and it is typically decorated with a lattice pattern of icing.
Prinzregententorte – The official name may be a bit complicated for us to pronounce, but it’s also known as a Prince Regent Cake. Consisting of several layers of sponge cake, chocolate buttercream, and apricot jam, this cake is a Bavarian torte named after Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria.
There are plenty of other examples out there these are the ones we thought were the ones we thought were the most interesting. There are some really delicious sounding cakes that we would like to try some time.
If we’ve made you hungry for something sweet, why not check out our range of cakes and bakes? We are sure there’s one that will catch your eye and tickle your tastebuds.