So, it’s almost Mother’s Day, and you know what most mothers love? Well, besides the obvious answer of their children, they love food! I have never met a mother who said they didn’t enjoy food. So, if you are racking your brain trying to figure out what to get the mom who has everything, you can always use food as a gift…especially a homemade cake. Especially a Queen Victoria Spice and Treacle Cake. Yum! Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to bring a bundle of tulips and some sparkly earrings with the cake, she did give birth to you after all…just saying.
This cake recipe has a special story for me. It’s been passed down for generations and I just recently got my greedy little hands on it! My great grandma (Melissa Pearl Jewkes McCall) who passed when I was still very young, kept a record of her life, and it’s so fun to hear her stories. I remember as a little girl going to the nursing home to see her, and she was just the sweetest, cutest little thing. She was amazing, and had an incredible life. This cake story is not about her though.
This cake story is about her great Grandma Jewkes. She worked in the lord’s house in England and made cakes for the royal family. One day Queen Victoria herself came in and told her that the cake she made that day was so lovely and to name it the Queen Victoria cake and so she did…this is that cake. There is also a little scandal story along with it, the lord she worked for got her pregnant, and of course didn’t keep her on. After the little boy was born, she had a hard time finding work and ended up becoming a midwife…but the cake lives on!
Okay, let’s get started on how to make this cake, right? When I got the recipe, for some reason it was still all written in grams and you had to weigh everything. I went ahead and converted everything over to regular measurements that are a little more recognizable to us in America. 🙂
Also, did I mention that this is easy to make? No? Well it is. Fist bump.
Queen Victoria Spice and Treacle Cake
The first thing you need to do, after preheating your oven is to grease and line your round cake pans. Lining with parchment paper is the best thing you can do to make sure that the cake doesn’t stick to the pan.
Next, you will want to gather all of your ingredients. Luckily these are all readily available ingredients! Cake flour, eggs, butter, milk, baking powder, cinnamon, dark brown sugar and molasses.
I was super excited to make this in my new Vitamix Creations Elite that Vitamix generously sent to me. If you have a Vitamix, use it, you will get a nice smooth batter quickly. If you don’t, you can also use a food processor. Now just start adding your measured ingredients….
Once all ingredients are in the blender, it’s time to blend it baby! Yup, that’s going to be a yummy cake in about a half hour!
Once nice and smooth, pour half of the batter in each prepared pan.
Smooth it out and make sure it’s pretty level before putting them in the oven.
While the cakes are baking, clean out the pitcher and start making the icing. It’s just powdered sugar and some fresh squeezed orange juice. Yummy!
After baked and cooled, put the first cake onto the cake plate.
Then pour about 1/4 of the icing onto that first cake. Then stack the other on top and pour the rest over it. Let it run down the sides and soak in real good. Oh, I’m drooling…
Top it off with some orange zest for a little color and flavor.
Then I added some raw sugar (it gave it a tasty and fun crunch) and sifted some powdered sugar on top. It’s seriously scrumptious.
Slice and serve and enjoy!
*Disclosure: Although I was given the Vitamix Creations Elite to use, this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.
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