Here are 5 possible ways to celebrate and a delicious Victoria Sandwich Cake recipe to get you started:
- Get together with friends and/or family to have a party to celebrate the Queen and/ or being together: whether you have a BBQ or afternoon tea, it’s a great opportunity to put up some bunting and flags, buy or bake a cake or decorate some biscuits, pop open a bottle of bubbly or non-alcoholic fizz or crack open the Pimms. (See below for an easy and delicious Victoria Sandwich Cake recipe and for links to Biscuit and Viennese Whirl biscuits which we shared in previous blogs).
- Organise or take part in a street party: the Jubilee weekend is another opportunity to bring your neighbours together by organising or attending a party on your street or in your neighbourhood. Decorate your house, garden or street, set up some tables and chairs, arrange for neighbours to bring different dishes to share or bring your own picnics to keep the costs down and get ready to celebrate. As it's also half term, keep kids occupied with baking cakes, decorating biscuits, painting flags, making costumes or bunting and other creative decorations in advance.
- Check out your local council website for regulations and guidance - including if you want to close your street down for the day
- Are there individuals or families in your street or locality who may be struggling with health or finances, be on their own or isolated for any reason and consider how you could include them, support them or let them know you care this Jubilee weekend.
- Attend or volunteer at a local or National organised Platinum Jubilee event and be part of these memorable celebrations. To find events being held in your area, the local area if you’re away for half term, or more official celebrations check out local and online resources including:
- your local papers
- council websites
- notice boards
- national trust website
- other ‘what’s on’ websites
- the Government’s Events Website for more official celebrations such as the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 5 June, the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace which will be televised live on BBC1 on Saturday 4 June and much much more.
- Organise or attend a charity event to raise money: from walks, bakes and drawing competitions to tickets to attend an event, auctions of promises or raffles, there are so many ways to raise money whilst having fun.
- Treat yourself to a cake, biscuit or afternoon tea in the comfort of your own home and watch the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace on TV - or connect with family and loved ones via a video call. Try the following easy Victoria Sandwich Cake recipe or the biscuits or Viennese Whirl recipes in our previous blogs.
Platinum Jubilee Easy Victoria Sandwich Cake Recipe
We are big fans of cake and the Platinum jubilee weekend is another excuse to indulge in a delicious treat. When you think of British cakes, the Victoria Sponge Cake (Victoria sandwich) - named after Queen Victoria - is likely to spring to mind. We love this easy and versatile cake. Whether you prefer a cream and jam, butter icing and jam or simply a jam filling, why not make this cake a centre piece for your jubilee celebrations. Here’s an easy Victoria sandwich recipe from the BBC Good Food website - enjoy.
Makes one large cake that serves 12 people, or 16 mini sandwich cakes.
Preparation about 15 minutes
Cooking time - 20-25 minutes
Extra time to cut mini cakes out, to make buttercream filling and to decorate
What you will need:
2x 20cm round cake tins, greased or lined with greaseproof paper
An electric whisk or wooden spoon
- Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees (or 170 degrees fan) and grease or line two 20cm round cake tins
- Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix them together - using an electric whisk - to form a smooth batter. (If you’re using a wooden spoon, cream the butter and sugar together first before mixing in the rest of the ingredients)
- Pour half of the mixture into each cake tin (to get two even cakes, you can weigh each cake tin to check you’ve got an even amount of batter in each one).
- Smooth the top of each cake using the back of a spoon or a spatula.
- Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and the top of the cake springs back from a light touch.
- Turn out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool
Make Individual Mini Victoria Sandwich Cakes:
Victoria Sandwich Cake Filling Options:
- Jam or fresh fruit - eg raspberries, strawberries or your choice
- Butter cream, whipped cream or serve it with your favourite ice cream
- Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla essence together using an electric whisk or a wooden spoon.
Turn your celebrations into a full colourful afternoon tea:
Get colourful and creative: