Originally designed to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, this cake would also be perfect for a little Princesses’ party.
Prep time: 6 hrs
Cooking time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total time: 8 hrs 30 mins
Skill level: Master chef
Costs: Splashing out
For the lemon sponge
- 750g (11⁄2lb) butter, softened
- 750g (11⁄2lb) caster sugar
- 750g (11⁄2lb) self-raising flour
- 350g (12oz) plain flour
- 12 large eggs
- Finely zested rind and juice of 2 lemons
- 38ml bottle glycerine
For the filling:
- 3-4 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
For the buttercream:
- 350g (12oz) icing sugar
- 175g (6oz) unsalted butter, softened
- Pinch of salt
- Few drops of vanilla extract
For the decoration:
- White vegetable fat
- 1⁄2-1 x 200g packet white flower paste eg, Squires Kitchen Sugar Florist Paste
- Gold lustre colour
- Rose water,alcohol based, eg Star Kay White
- 4-6 tablespoons royal icing
- (see Note, below)
- Silver-coloured dragées, large and medium
- Silver sugar-coated chocolate hearts
- 3-4 x 500g packets purple sugarpaste (eg, M&B)
- 500g packet white sugarpaste
You will also need:
- 25cm (10in) square cake tin, lined with baking parchment
- Baking sheet, buttered
- Sticky tape
- Strip of white shiny card
- Ribbon cutter and embosser set (eg, Wilton), optional
- Small disposable piping bag
- No. 2 plain piping tube
- Small square of purple satin
- 30-33cm (12-13in) square cake drum
- Small, round teaspoon measure, optional
- Veining tool or cocktail stick
- Garlic press
Note: We made up royal icing from a packet of royal icing sugar. Just reduce the quantities on the packet to only make up a small amount.
- Position an oven shelf just below the centre of the oven, so that the cake will sit in it centrally. Set the oven to 160°C/310°F/Gas Mark 3.
- Tip all the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat well until smooth. Spoon the mixture into the lined tin and level the surface, then hollow the centre slightly.
- Place the cake tin in the oven, then cover it with the baking sheet, buttered-side down, so the cake won’t stick to the sheet once it rises.
- Bake the cake for 2 hours, then remove the baking sheet and continue to cook it for 15-30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean after being inserted into the cake.
- Remove the cake from the oven and leave it to cool in the tin for about 30 minutes, then turn it out on to a wire rack to cool completely.
- To freeze: The cold cake may be wrapped in baking parchment and then foil, and frozen for up to 3 months. Allow it to defrost before filling and decorating.
- To make the buttercream: Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the butter, salt and vanilla. Add 1-2 tablespoons boiling water and beat until the icing is smooth and soft. Keep a sheet of cling film pressed against the surface of the icing if it’s not being used immediately, so that it doesn’t crust over. If it gets too stiff, it may need to be beaten again.
Nutritional information per portion
This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.