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Top 5 English Cakes and Delicious Treats

Top 5 English Cakes and Delicious Treats

(by Blogger: Jane Sandwood)


As you walk around the bakeries and cafes in Greenwich Market, you smell an assortment of delicious aromas. These smells call out to your sweet tooth and hypnotise you into walking over to buy something delicious. However, once you get there you’re overwhelmed by the many mouth-watering treats. If this sounds like you, check out this list of traditional English cakes and biscuits that you must try whether you’re a tourist or a long-time Londoner.


London Bun


You can spot this bun by its shape and toppings. The London bun is a square-shaped treat topped with white sugar icing. It is flavoured with currants and made of yeast dough, providing a popular supplement to tea. Sometimes you can even find them accented with coconuts or different fruits.


Goosnargh Cake


This cake originates from the village of Goosnargh in Lancashire. Although it’s called a cake, it is more of a shortbread or a biscuit. It is circular and off-white in colour, with caraway seeds and sugar sprinkled on top. It has a buttery taste which is balanced by the caraway seeds to provide a great dish for any biscuit lover.


Victoria Sponge


The United Kingdom has many historic cakes and biscuits, but none are more popular than the Victoria Sponge. Named after Queen Victoria, the traditional method of baking this sponge cake dates back to 1615. In the 19th century, it developed its fluffy form and became popular during afternoon tea. They are typically filled with whipped cream and raspberry jam and has been named Britain’s favourite treat.


Battenberg Cake


Easily identifiable by its chequered appearance, the Battenberg Cake was made for the royal wedding between Prince Louis of Battenberg and Princess Victoria in 1884. It is covered in marzipan and is usually pink and yellow coloured to represent Battenberg. However, nowadays you can also find chocolate variations that are brown and yellow chequered.  


Sticky Toffee Pudding


This is the most modern of traditional English dishes and dates back to the 1970s. The very first recipe was created by Francis Coulson at a hotel in the Lake District. The dessert itself is a moist sponge cake topped with dates and toffee sauce. Many people like to pair the pudding with vanilla custard or vanilla ice cream to add even more flavour.


These desserts take the cake when it comes to English desserts. See if you can spot some of them in Greenwich Market.   

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