Union Jack Cakes for The Jubilee

Home baking has seen a massive resurgence of late, as we are more and more turning our backs on shop bought cakes full of all manner of strange ingredients and E numbers, in favour of our own creations. Across the land, evening classes for cake icing have seen a huge surge in numbers, and as well as being enjoyable and self satisfying, making your own cakes also means that you know exactly what is going into them.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, it will not have escaped your notice that 2012 is the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and street parties will be taking place across the land on the scale of 1977, when the silver jubilee brought the country to a standstill as communities came together to make a day that was memorable for young and old alike.

As events like this only come around once in a blue moon, those who love to bake are already planning what they will create for the big day. The serious enthusiast will be churning out stacks of Jubilee cupcakes and the like to make sure that when the big day rolls around they will be able to produce mini masterpieces that will impress everyone. For those who aren’t great bakers, however, this can prove daunting when you are expected to bring something to the table.

Never fear however, as even the most novice of bakers will be able to create tasty treats that look the part, with very little effort and experience. The country at the moment is gripped by a baking craze, and a Victoria sponge cake or individual cakes in paper cases are some of the simplest bakery items to turn out competently.

They are a basic cake recipe of eggs; self raising flour, golden caster sugar, unsalted butter and vanilla extract and have a flat top to decorate how you want. As far as decoration goes, sticking to something simple yet appropriate needn’t have you scratching your head either. Union Jack cakes are the very simple to make, and will look great on the day.

While you can buy slabs of coloured icing that is ready to roll, and you can cut into slices and strips to make the various stripes that make up the Union Jack, it is very easy to make yourself and many bakers use a combination of the two. Make up your own to do cover the cake top, after spreading it with a little jam, and after it has dried cut the coloured icing into the thin strips you need to make up the flag.

Published for Bakingmad.com