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A cake in the design of the union jack flag Tried & Tested

Union jack tray bake

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This tray bake would be a centrepiece for any great British celebration.

This recipe is taken from British Baking in 2012, the Baking Mad.com cookery book.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:15
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the cake

  • 300g 10⅝ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
  • 300g 10⅝ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 6 6 Egg(s) (free range) medium, beaten
  • 300g 10⅝ oz Self-raising white flour (we use Allinson) Self-raising white flour
  • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  • 150g 5⅜ oz Raspberries

For the topping

  • 200g 7⅛ oz Butter (unsalted)
  • 450g 16 oz Icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon)
  • 1tbsp 1tbsp Milk (whole)
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180°C (fan oven 160°C, gas mark 4). Grease a 30 x 25cm tin and line with baking paper.

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Place the butter in a large mixing bowl and add the sugar. Beat together with an electric mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy.

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  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Add the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of the flour if the mixture starts curdling.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 6 6 Egg(s) (free range) medium, beaten
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Fold in the remaining flour with a metal spoon until you have a soft, smooth cake mix.

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  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Stir in the vanilla extract. Carefully fold in the raspberries.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
    • Raspberries
  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 25-35 minutes until golden and risen. Since this cake is long and wide make sure you check the cake is cooked through by inserting a skewer in the middle of the cake and when it is ready it should come out clean.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Cool in the tin and then transfer onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

  8. Classic mode Step 8

    For the topping, beat together the butter and a quarter of the icing sugar in a large bowl until soft. Add the remaining icing a little at a time and beat until smooth. Do not add too much icing sugar at a time else your kitchen will be covered with a layer of it!

    Ingredients for this step

    • 200g 7⅛ oz Butter (unsalted)
    • 450g 16 oz Icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon)
  9. Classic mode Step 9

    Add a little milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth. Spread the butter icing over the top and sides of the cake.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 1tbsp 1tbsp Milk (whole)
  10. Classic mode Step 10

    Find a picture of the Union Jack flag and recreate the pattern using a selection of sliced strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, leaving the white butter icing exposed to create a white line.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Strawberries
    • Blueberries
    • Raspberries