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English Courting Cake

English Courting Cake.

This cake was made by young girls in northern England for the young men they were engaged to. For this reason it is called The English Courting Cake.

The recipe was given to me by my good friend, Barbara from Ohio. We have so many similar tastes in a lot of things, especially food. We also love foods that not only taste good but are easy to make. This recipe fits the bill.

It's easy to make and a great cake for summer because of the fresh strawberries. Maybe in some southern states you can get fresh strawberries that are sweet all year round, but not here in the northern states. I imagine you could substitute another fruit that you can get in the winter or autumn if you wanted to still make this cake.

About This Cake

Getting a little bit of everything on your fork and into your mouth is like a little explosion of the sweetness and juiciness of the strawberry, the creaminess of the cream and the buttery deliciousness of the cake. A little party in your mouth.

I don't often describe foods like this, but for some reason that is what I felt when I took the first bite. Everyone that ate it noticed something different about the cake and all combined is what I described in the first paragraph. No wonder those young English girls would make this for their betrothed.

Photos of English Courting Cake

Side view of cake.

Side view of cake.

Top view of cake.

Top view of cake.

Beating in the eggs one at a time.

Beating in the eggs one at a time.

Folding in the dry ingredients.

Folding in the dry ingredients.

In the oven.

In the oven.

Out of the oven.

Out of the oven.

Whipped Cream.

Whipped Cream.

First layer.

First layer.

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Notes

  1. The original recipe calls for casting sugar which is "fine" sugar. it is a little expensive so you can achieve this by putting your sugar in a blender and it will make it finer.
  2. It also calls for self rising flour. I didn't have that so to substitute use 1 cup of flour mixed with 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. (To use 1 1/2 cups of flour in this recipe mix 1 1/2 cups flour with 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 3/4 teaspoons of salt.)
  3. It didn't say to do this but I also added 2 tablespoons of the finer sugar to the heavy cream just because I like it better sweetened.
  4. The original recipe also called for three 7" cake pans. I used two 8" cake pans and it worked out just great.
Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

40 min

Yields 16 slices

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup caster (fine) sugar, + 2 tablespoons for the cream
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups self rising flour
  • 10 oz. heavy cream
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced (use more if desired)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease three 7" round cake pans. (See notes)
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Fold in the flour, then add enough mild to give a soft dripping consistency.
  4. Divide the mixture evenly between the three pans. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. (Browns quickly so keep an eye on it) Check with a toothpick and when it comes out clean when inserted in the middle, it is done.
  5. Remove from oven and wait 10 minutes then remove from pans. Cool completely.
  6. Whip the cream until it just holds its shape. Sandwich the cakes together with the cream and the strawberries, reserving a few for decoration. Top with cream and reserved strawberries.

Icing Spatula

Comments

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on September 18, 2017:

Hi Thelma, Nice to see you again. Thank you for your visit and really nice comment.

Blessings to you.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 18, 2017:

By looking at the cake, I am drooling. I love cake with strawberries. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on October 20, 2016:

Hi fpgerj48, so nice of you to stop by and view my hubs. I enjoyed your comments. Thank you so much.

Blessings to you.

Suzie from Carson City on October 20, 2016:

OMG! That looks soooo yummy. What I wouldn't give for a huge slice right now! I think I gained 5 pounds just looking at it!!

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on September 06, 2016:

Thank you Barbara, Your opinion is always appreciated.

Blessings to you.

Barbara on September 05, 2016:

This is one of the most delicious cakes I've ever made. Of course, loving strawberries is a prerequisite. It is truly a melt in your mouth delight!

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 02, 2016:

Thank you RTalloni for your visit and wonderful comment. It's so nice to see you here.

Blessings to you

RTalloni on August 02, 2016:

What a fun history this cake has, and that its the yummiest looking food I've seen in a while makes me consider it highly rated! Thanks for sharing your method of making it.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on July 28, 2016:

Hi Phyllis, Thank you. I appreciate your wonderful comments. It's always nice to see you here.

Blessings to you.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on July 28, 2016:

I can already tell you, Rachel, that this cake will score a 5 Star with my family. We all love a moist cake with fruits and whipping cream. Wonderful photos and well-written article. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on July 28, 2016:

Thank you, Jackie. I really appreciate your visits and comments and for sharing the recipe.

Blessings to you.

PS. I know what you mean about the heat wave. lol

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 28, 2016:

I know this would be a hit. Looks and sounds delicious and I will try it as soon as the heat wave ends! Thanks for sharing and I am sharing it with others!

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on July 19, 2016:

Hi Cornelia, Thanks again for visiting. I'm sure you and your family will love this cake. It does make a great presence for company.

Blessings to you.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on July 19, 2016:

Hi Barb, Thanks for the recipe and for commenting. It is so nice to see your name here.

Blessings to you.

Korneliya Yonkova from Cork, Ireland on July 18, 2016:

Amazing recipe, Rachel. My family have a guest from Germany coming in September so we can surprise her with this cake. Looks delicious and beautiful. :)

Barbara DeNoble on July 16, 2016:

Everything Rachel said about this cake is true ! It is so refreshing....not to sweet for those who prefer less sugar....but I added some sugar to the whipped cream too....just a little to give it a pinch of sweetness....I did have 3 pans and it came out fine too......I think I originally got the recipe from the show on PBS about English bakers ! Most of their things are a little "fancy " for this girl !

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on July 11, 2016:

Hi Alicia, thanks again for stopping by. Your visits me a lot to me.

Blessings to you.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on July 11, 2016:

Hi SmartAndFun, I enjoy hearing from new people. Thank you for the visit and the great comment. I appreciate it. It really was simple to make.

Blessings to you.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 11, 2016:

I love the idea of a party in my mouth! Thank you for sharing another interesting recipe, Rachel.

SmartAndFun from Texas on July 11, 2016:

This looks delicious and has a cute little story behind it, as well. I hope to get a chance to try one before summer berry season ends!

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