A cake for a coronation

A cake for a coronation
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Union Jack coronation cake

Red, white and blue striped cake with a berry flag topping.

Falstaff Editorial Team
This recipe is provided to Falstaff by Matthews Cotswold Flour. Prep time: 15 mins, plus 40 mins for chilling and decorating Bake time: 35 mins


Ingredients (16 servings)
3 large eggs
120 g caster sugar
100 ml vegetable oil
150 ml double cream
250 g flour, sifted (such as Matthews Cotswold Self Raising Flour),
1 teaspoon(s) bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoon(s) white wine vinegar
2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
Red food colouring
Blue food colouring


Ingredients (16 servings)
175 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
350 g cheese, at room temperature
400 g icing sugar, sifted
8 tablespoon(s) double cream
3 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract

To finish

Ingredients (16 servings)

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4.
  • Grease and line the base of two 6 inches cake tins.
  • Using a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, mix the sugar, oil, cream, vanilla and eggs.
  • Add the flour and mix with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • In a cup mix the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.
  • Add the liquid to the cake mixture and stir to combine.
  • Divide the mixture equally between two bowls.
  • Add the red food colouring to one bowl and the blue food colouring to the other one.
  • Pour the batter into the two cake tins and bake for 30-35 mins on the middle oven shelf, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cakes comes out clean.
  • Turn the cakes out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, use an electric whisk to beat the butter on a slow speed until creamy. Add the cream cheese and continue to beat for a further few minutes. Add the icing sugar and beat until the mixture is thick. Add the double cream and vanilla extract and beat and a medium speed for 2-3 mins.
  • Transfer the frosting to the fridge to set for 30 mins.
  • Cut each cake in half, then decorate by spreading the frosting on each sponge, alternating red and blue layers.
  • Spread some frosting on the top and on the edges of the cake.
  • Decorate with raspberries and blueberries, creating the Union Jack flag.

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