Queen Elizabeth Date Cake

Monday, June 6, 2011
Queen Elizabeth Date Cake

This is my first Monthly Mingle and I'm really excited to see what everyone else will make!  Nina at My Easy Cooking has decided the theme this month will be:

Since apples aren't in season here, I thought I would make something that just has apples in a supporting role, which was perfect because I wanted to make Queen Elizabeth Date Cake for the upcoming Trooping the Colour, this Saturday, June 11th.  Even though Queen Elizabeth's birthday is in April, it's officially celebrated in June (less chance of rain!).  Since I don't get the BBC, I won't get to see the parade on Saturday, but here is a clip from last year's ceremony:

There's more information and a couple of videos at the royal family's official website.

Now, back to the cake--
I'm really rather turned off by all the celebrity name-dropping on Little Venice Cake Company's website, but I thought the recipe for Queen Elizabeth Date Cake sounded promising.  The adaptations I made were mostly to make it simpler for those of us who use imperial units and to use what I had (regular raisins instead of golden raisins, crystallized ginger instead of fresh). However, I also lowered the baking temperature, because I find it really helps to keep fruitcakes moist.

The cake turned out to be really lovely with a bright, lemony flavor and a very moist texture.  It's fabulous for breakfast or tea.

Queen Elizabeth Date Cake

This recipe is also available at http://www.food.com/recipe/queen-elizabeth-date-cake-458114.

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