The cake was made during rationing and so used basic ingredients and topped with a sugary caramel icing infused with shredded coconut. The cake was first prepared at the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953. The origin of the cake is naturally Great Britain but this is a cake which is very popular in Canada. It is sometimes served with tea.
I made the cake using whole wheat flour, the cake turned out extremely moist . I topped it with caramel made with brown sugar, which I shouldn’t have done. The taste of the brown sugar caramel was slightly bitter . Had I used my white sugar caramel , I would have enjoyed the cake more, but I wanted the cake to be authentic.
Queen Elizabeth Cake
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
Pinch + 1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup dates, seedless
1 cup water
1/2 cup oil / butter
1/2 cup walnuts
1 tsp vanilla extract
De seed the dates, if not using seedless dates.
Chop into smaller pieces.
Place them in a bowl.
Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda on dates.
Heat water, and pour this hot water over the dates.
Cover the bowl for 10-15 minutes.
Mix the flour , baking soda and baking powder.
Mix in the powdered sugar.
Now puree the dates along with water.
Add oil to it and pulse the mixer again so that the oil and dates blend well.
Add vanilla extract.
Mix all wet ingredients with the dry ingredients .
Add walnuts and mix again.
Pour into a lined and greased baking tin and bake at 180 deg for 40-45 minutes or till done.
Check with a skewer , if it comes out clean the cake is done.
60 gms unsalted butter
65 ml cream
95 gms soft brown sugar
In a non stick pan keep sugar to melt.
The flame should be low.
After the sugar melts, cook it for another two minutes, stirring constantly.
Add butter and as soon as it melts, add cream.
The caramel has to be stirred continuously and the fire very low.
Once the three ingredients incorporate the caramel is ready.
Finishing the cake
Pour the prepared caramel on the cake.
Sprinkle shredded coconut.
Place in a the oven for 5-10 minutes for the coconut to toast lightly.
Remove garnish with dates and walnuts