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English Courting Cake

Updated on July 11, 2016

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. | Source
Top view of cake.
Top view of cake. | Source
Beating in the eggs one at a time.
Beating in the eggs one at a time. | Source
Folding in the dry ingredients.
Folding in the dry ingredients. | Source
In the oven.
In the oven. | Source
Out of the oven.
Out of the oven. | Source
Whipped Cream.
Whipped Cream. | Source
First layer.
First layer. | Source

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5 stars from 3 ratings of English Courting Cake

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 time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 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.

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      Rachel L Alba 10 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

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

      Blessings to you.

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      Paula 10 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      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!!

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      Rachel L Alba 11 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Thank you Barbara, Your opinion is always appreciated.

      Blessings to you.

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      Barbara 11 months ago

      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!

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      Rachel L Alba 12 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

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

      Blessings to you

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      RTalloni 12 months ago from the short journey

      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.

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      Rachel L Alba 13 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

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

      Blessings to you.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 13 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      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.

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      Rachel L Alba 13 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      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

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      Jackie Lynnley 13 months ago from The Beautiful South

      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!

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      Rachel L Alba 13 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      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.

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      Rachel L Alba 13 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

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

      Blessings to you.

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      Korneliya Yonkova 13 months ago from Cork, Ireland

      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. :)

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      Barbara DeNoble 13 months ago

      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 !

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      Rachel L Alba 13 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

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

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 13 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      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.

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      Linda Crampton 13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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      SmartAndFun 13 months ago from Texas

      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!