What better way to celebrate the hottest royal couple in town than with a spot of tea and a slice of cake?
We’ve rounded up all our favourite royal bakes and puddings, including the Queen’s very own favourite chocolatey treat, so you can celebrate the royal wedding in the most appropriate way. Chin chin!
Fruit-topped Victoria sponge
Considered the quintessential English teatime treat, the Victoria sponge was one of Queen Victoria’s favourites. After her husband Prince Albert died in 1861, the Queen often held ladies’ tea parties at Osborne House, her residence on the Isle of Wight. According to historians, it was here that the cake was first named after the Queen.
Our classic sponge is filled with creamy mascarpone and tart fromage frais that contrast beautifully with the sweet and syrupy raspberry jam sandwiched between the sponges. This royal bake has all the grandeur of a queen — it even has its own crown, made of fruit!
First created for the 1884 wedding of Prince Louis of Battenberg to Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, also called Victoria, the chequerboard design was said to represent Louis and his three brothers.
Battenberg is an afternoon tea staple, and Fortnum & Mason have been serving it to their customers alongside finger sandwiches and scones since 1926! Although it might look like a challenging bake, this impressive design is in fact super easy to make at home — just make sure you read the recipe through to the end before you start baking.
According to the former personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, tiffin is one of Her Majesty’s 'favourite afternoon tea cakes by far’. So much so, she has leftovers sent from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle!
Our sweet squares are made up of a mix of dark and milk chocolate as the base, then drizzled with white chocolate to complete the super-indulgent, perfectly royal treats! Crumbled digestives and whole Maltesers add texture and crunch to these chocolatey fridge cakes, while flaked almonds give them a bite. It's no wonder the Queen loves them...
Pimm’s layer cake
If there’s a tipple just as British as the royal family, it’s Pimm’s. The several hundred year old company is a royal warrant holder, meaning that they have supplied their products to the royal households regularly for at least seven years.
Our picture-perfect Pimm’s layer cake makes the perfect afternoon tea centrepiece. Strawberries stewed in Pimm’s are drizzled between each layer to give a fruity and fragrant kick, while the top is decorated with all the elements of a Pimm’s cup, right down to the cucumber slices. If this isn’t a British bake, then we don’t know what is…
It’s the British debate as old as time. When it comes to scones, there are two major questions that divide the nation. First, is it pronounced “sc-on” or “sc-own"? Second, does the jam go on first, or the cream?
While the first debate remains highly controversial with heated conversations ongoing across the country, the second debate was settled in March by none other than the Queen herself (she truly is the peacemaker this world needs…)
According to Her Majesty, scones in the royal household are topped with jam and then cream. Our fluffy scones taste great no matter which order you put your cream and jam on and are perfect served with a cup of tea in the garden. We can’t think of a better way to toast the new royal couple than with one of these gems.
Blueberry surprise gateau
This royal purple number has a secret: a tumbling fresh blueberry centre! The latest addition to the royal family, Meghan, loves blueberries, so this one’s dedicated to her. Soft vanilla sponges, lemon-spiked buttercream and fresh blueberries make up this fresh, summery celebration bake.
Traditional fruit cake
The Queen is known to favour a rich, currant-heavy fruit cake. Our traditional rich fruit cake is packed with sultanas, currants, glacé cherries, and lemon and orange zest. Oh, and a good glug or three of rum, brandy or sherry. We like to think that Her Majesty would approve...
Keep it simple
Feel like celebrating but don't consider yourself much of a baker? Our afternoon tea kit has everything you need for a top notch afternoon tea. Simply add a pot of tea (or a bottle of bubbly...) and you're on to a certified winning combination to toast the royal couple with. Easy!