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Queen cakes

by Noellen Newton

Such a regal title for a recipe! I chose to make this with Mother's Day in mind. Spoil that special person in your life and make them feel like a queen for the day. These little cakes are ideal for afternoon tea as they are not too sweet and will go well with a pot of tea.

Three small cakes on a plate. The plate has a patterned border and an image of a pink butterfly. Partially visible in the photo are a small tea pot and a plastic tiara.

Ingredients: 4 x 60g eggs, 125g butter, 1 cup sugar, 3 cups plain flour, 1 cup milk, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, 125g currants, and vanilla essence to taste.

Method: The directions for the original recipe, below, were easy to follow. Take care to gently stir the currants into the batter. I cooked the cakes for 18 minutes in a fan-forced oven at 170 degrees. I did not use patty papers so they looked like little space ships when they were cooked!

Note well: This recipe requires you to wear extra bling whilst cooking!

A typed recipe reads: 'Queen Cakes (2). Ingredients-4 eggs, ¼lb. butter, 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, 1 cup milk, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon soda, ¼lb currants, essence to taste. Mode-Beat butter and sugar to a cream. Add eggs separately and essence, then add flour and cream of tartar, then milk with soda mixed in it, lastly currants. Put in buttered patty pans and bake ¼ of an hour. Moderate oven.

Source: Home Cookery for Australia: All Tested Recipes, 1913, Arbuckle, Waddell & Fawckner, Melbourne, p.132.

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10 May 2013 3:01pm

While I would love to make these for my mother, quarantine laws sadly restrict it. So I will just have to make them for myself! :-D 

Noellen - Mixing Bowl
11 May 2013 11:28am

I'm sorry that you can't share these with your mother. The next best thing may be to send her a photo of the cakes you make in her honour. Even though you will be the one enjoying the taste of them I hope that your mother will enjoy the sentiment :-) 

Lady M
20 May 2013 9:08pm

Looking forward to visiting the exhibition this week. Sad that the Mixing Bowl: Behind the Scenes is booked out for June :(

I think your Queen Cakes are absolutely gorgeous! I made some too and you've inspired me to try a few more vintage recipes. Please visit me at 

Kate C
26 Jul 2013 2:38pm

How splendid! I made some Queen Cakes from an 1870 recipe book in the Museum Victoria collection: 

Glorious Days: Australia 1913 was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 7 March to 13 October 2013.

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