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A Piece of Cake

Resource from Liverpool School of English

The phrase “a piece of cake” means something easily achieved. But is it simple to create some popular British cakes at home? Let’s explore some of the most famous (and delicious!) recipes – perhaps you will be inspired to get creative in the kitchen!

Victoria Sponge

Difficulty rating (our opinion!): 6/10

In the modern world of beautiful food images on social media, Victoria Sponge seems very simple. But if you’ve ever tasted a slice at a coffee shop or tea room you’ll know that this classic sandwich style cake filled with jam and cream is something extra special.

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 – gracias España!

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

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Difficulty rating (our opinion!): 4/10

According to the Daily Telegraph, 40% of British people claim that Lemon Drizzle is their favourite cake. Sponge cakes (the basic name for this type of cake) have been around for centuries. You’ve probably realised by now that Britain doesn’t have the perfect weather for growing lemons! But the Victorian era saw the invention of ‘lemon essence’ (a flavouring made from lemons) which could be used to make tasty citrus recipes such as the Lemon Drizzle Cake.

Today (thanks to the miracle of international transport and logistics!) we use fresh lemons to make cakes. This is one of the easiest cakes to make (but also very tasty!). Try this BBC Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe.

Eccles Cake

Difficulty rating (our opinion!): 8/10

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 – although it’s true that they look more like pies than 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 you’ll find them topped with crunchy demerara sugar!

Because they require pastry Eccles Cakes aren’t the easiest cakes to make. But brave bakers can try this BBC Eccles Cake Recipe! You can buy Eccles cakes at bakeries and supermarkets including Tesco and Sainsbury’s. Marks and Spencer food department sells fresh handmade Eccles Cakes – a great alternative to baking them at home!

  • The ingredients for these cakes can be found at all local supermarkets.

  • You can find low-cost baking tins at Wilko in St. John’s Shopping Centre (10 mins walk from school)



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