The Queen is set to become the longest reigning monarch in British history on Wednesday 9th September, so to mark this momentous occasion, Kenwood is on the hunt for the nation’s favourite “Elizabeth Sponge” cake – a fun twist on the traditional Victoria Sponge!
Five of Britain’s top chefs, including Rosemary Shrager and Miranda Gore Browne, have created what they believe is the ultimate Elizabeth Sponge recipe, and Kenwood is asking for the help of the British public to decide which one of these five tasty recipes should be crowned the official recipe. The winner will be announced on Sunday 13th September at Goodwood Revival, and until then, cake connoisseurs can vote for their favourite recipe on the Kenwood Facebook page here.
Plus, if you feel inspired to create your own Elizabeth Sponge, send in a picture to Kenwood here and you could win a Chef Sense! Now if that's not a reason to get baking, we don't know what is...
1. Rosemary Shrager's double layered sponge with a passion fruit crème patissiere and passion fruit glaze.
Shrager commented, “I love the Royal family and the Monarchy so I’m delighted to have been able to create a new sponge cake which celebrates the reign of Queen Elizabeth."
2. Miranda Gore Browne’s golden honey sponge with crunchy chocolate biscuits, buttery highland shortbread, fresh raspberry cream and honey drizzle.
Miranda commented, “I decided to make the ‘Elizabeth Sponge’ as a honey cake because this simple ingredient encapsulated so much about the Queen and her reign. Bees are of critical importance to life and, like the Queen, they carry out their duty for their entire lives. It was with great delight that I discovered that the Queen has a personal passion for bees; she has her own bee hives at Buckingham Palace, and when she went to visit the Pope she presented him with a jar of her own honey".
Tebbutt commented, “This is, for me a natural progression from the traditional Victoria sandwich. There is a familiarity between the original and this version, but there is the inclusion of spices in the sponge, which nods to our commonwealth heritage, and the addition of Whisky, which could derive and represent England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or indeed Wales".
4. Brendan Lynch’s traditional British raspberry-rose and lemon flavoured cake.
Lynch commented, “As a gardener I am reminded of Her Majesty every May when the Queen Elizabeth rose comes into flower in my garden. This magnificent deep-pink specimen was created for the coronation in 1952. For me, a sponge to celebrate the longevity of Elizabeth’s reign had to include a touch of rose."
5. Dean Edwards' Lemon Meringue Drizzle Cake
Edwards said: “It’s an absolute privilege to have been asked to develop a recipe in honour of Queen Elizabeth who is set to become our longest ever reigning monarch. To sit on the throne as long as she has is an amazing achievement and is deserving of a showcase sponge cake to match the occasion".