Queen Cakes

Queen Cake







Queen cakes as the name implies are cakes which were served to the English royal family at tea time and became very popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. They are essentially miniature sponge cakes filled with yummy raisins or currants. These lovely cakes are buttery, light and fluffy and often with a mild citrus flavor which comes from the addition of lemon or orange zest. Though there are several recipes for making these majestic cakes, the inclusion of raisins is an absolute necessity. This is a personal recipe of mine developed from childhood memories when my mum would bake these cakes for us to take to school as part of our lunchbox snacks.









(1) 4 Large Eggs

(2) 200 Grams Granulated White Sugar (1 Cup)

(3) 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

(4) 1/2 Teaspoon Butterscotch Flavor

(5) 260 Grams All Purpose Flour (2 Cups)

(6) 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

(7) 1/2 Teaspoon Salt (See Note 1)

(8) The Zest of 1 Lemon

(9) 1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk (See Note 2)

(10) 170 Grams Unsalted Butter (3/4 Cup) (Melted)

(11) 3/4 Cup Raisins/Sultanas/Currants









(1) If using salted butter, leave out the salt in the recipe.

(2) You can use regular milk (whole or reduced fat) in place of evaporated milk.









(1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

(2) Grease small cake pans of various shapes and sizes. The size of pans you use will determine the number you will need. I used a total of 7 pans here, each containing about 3/4 cup of batter. Place the greased pans on a large baking tray for easy of travel to and from the oven. If you do not have small cake pans, muffin and cupcake pans can be used, with or without the liners.








(3) In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt and baking powder. Grate the lemon zest into the blend and mix to combine. Take a tablespoon out of the flour mixture and coat the raisins with them. This will keep them from falling to the base of the batter during baking. Melt the butter and set aside.















(4) In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, place the eggs (at room temperature) and sugar and beat at high speed until thick and glossy. About 5 minutes. This will incorporate air into the batter and make the cakes light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and the butterscotch flavor. Mix to combine.















(5) With the mixer running at very low speed (stir) add half of the flour mixture, the evaporated milk and the remaining flour mixture. Stop the mixer after adding the remaining flour and finish mixing the batter with a rubber spatula, folding gently. Your aim here is not to deflate all the air you have worked into the batter.






















(6) Add the melted butter to the batter and fold in with a rubber spatula. Be sure to get to the bottom of the bowl while folding in as the melted butter will sink to the bottom of the bowl.















(7) Finally add the coated raisins to the batter and fold in.















(8) Using an ice cream scoop or spoons, fill the greased pans with the batter. The batter should appear spongy.















(9) Place the cakes in the preheated oven and bake. You can add some more raisins to the top of each cake before baking. The size of the cake pans and quantity of batter would determine the baking duration. I baked mine for 22 minutes. I would advice you start checking at 20 minutes. They are ready when a toothpick inserted in the middle of several comes out clean. Place the cakes on a cooling rack and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before taking them out of the pans.








(10) These cakes can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature. Leftover cakes should be wrapped and stored in air tight containers or in the fridge. They are the perfect tea time snacks.

Queen Cake








If you love queen cakes, you will love Madeleines. Recipe here.









Terry Adido is passionate about showing people how easy it is to recreate restaurant quality meals in the comfort of their kitchens. With a style of cooking he refers to as Afro-European Fusion, his meals are influenced greatly by French and Italian Cuisine with a West African twist. If you love good food, you are in for the ride of your life.

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32 comments on “Queen Cakes
  1. Atinuke Rasheed says:

    lovely tutorial good boss

  2. Bola awe says:

    Thank you….Looks super easy.

  3. Philips says:

    Hello Terry! Good day. Please I have this job to deliver. But the challenge am having is how I can achieve the detailing. Please can you help out.
    It’s an open box cake with beads and wrappers on the surface is some kind of stones and rough surface. Wish I could attach it so you can see it.

  4. Petra ify says:

    Thanks it look yummy
    I will try it later

  5. uju says:

    I will definitely try it. Thank you for the recipe

  6. Gloria says:

    Sannu da aiki malam Terry.My mum used to supply the shops around back then. No visiting day was complete for me without those cakes.

  7. ozed says:

    Thanks for the receipe. It’s so clear n easy to follow. But can I use margarine or vegetable oil in place of melted butter ?

  8. Uche says:

    Easy to understand tutorial @terry I want to try thesewill it be ok to use the 8inch cake pan and pour the whole batter

  9. Temi says:

    Thank you Terry for this recipe. It reminded me so much of my childhood. Everything was perfect but the sugar was a bit too much, my kids loved it though. Once again, thank you. I look forward to more “easy and simple” recipes as this.

  10. stella says:

    this is wonderful I will try it soon

  11. Martina says:

    This is awesome Terry.welldone!

  12. Adekemi says:

    I just checked this site out. A job well done Terry. I’ll really love to learn from you. And these queen cakes? They look yummy, got to try them out.

  13. Hadeydolljah says:

    There’s something i dont get about d measurement,measuring cups here in nigeria is 250,125,83,62,31. So which size am i to use where u say 2cups

  14. Joy says:

    Hi Terry. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  15. BLessing says:

    Why do I have to melt the butter, I use simas butter, and normally I mix butter and sugar at the beginning

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