This beloved British layer cake is a steadfast favourite in homes and tea shops around the country. Apparantly Queen Victoria was particularly partial and some of the earliest recorded recipes date back to 1861. What this simple cake lacks in glamour it makes up for in deliciousness, with a buttery sponge sandwiched together with a decadent layer of jam and lashings of whipped cream. A generous slice is perfect served with a cup of tea, naturally.
Ingredients: butter, self-raising flour, caster sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, double cream, strawberry jam, icing sugar. Try Try this fun variation on a theme: Victoria sandwich whoopie pie.
2. Battenburg Cake
Still on a regal theme, this marzipan covered sponge patchwork tea time cake is said to have originated as a homage to the marriage of Prince Louis of Battenburg to Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, although that's still up for debate.
This easy to make tray bake is a kids as well as a tea time favourite. Soft, crunchy, chewy oats drenched in syrup - what's not to like? Breakfast time, tea time or snack time, any time is a good excuse for a flapjack.
Ingredients: butter, demerara sugar, golden syrup, salt, oats.