Union Jack British Party Cake

  • Serves : 12
  • Type : Dessert

Get ready to dust off your apron and start baking for King and country. Whether you’re hosting a regal themed gathering for your loved ones, supporting Britain at Eurovision or the Olympics or even organising a community-wide extravaganza, remember, nothing gives a royal welcome like a slice of fresh sponge cake and a cup of […]


  • For the cake
  • 200g butter, at room temperature 
  • 200g caster sugar 
  • large eggs 
  • 1tsp vanilla extract 
  • 225g self-raising flour 
  • pinch of salt 
  • 3tbsp milk 
  • For the decoration
  • 100g butter, at room temperature 
  • 200g icing sugar 
  • 10 fresh strawberries, halved 
  • 1/2tsp vanilla extract 
  • 30 fresh blueberries 
  • 20 fresh raspberries 


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/Gas 4. Line the base of your tin with baking paper.
  2. Beat the butter for a few seconds in a large mixing bowl to soften it, then add the caster sugar. Beat well until light and fluffy, using a hand-held electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add and beat the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Sift the flour and salt into the bowl, then fold it in gently using a large metal spoon. Do not beat the mixture at this stage. Add the milk and stir it through gently.
  4. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface with a palette knife or the back of a spoon. Bake in the centre of the oven for 35-38 minutes, until risen and springy when touched lightly. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and remove the lining paper. Leave to cool completely.
  5. For the buttercream, beat the butter in a large mixing bowl until creamy, then gradually beat in the icing sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla extract, then spread over the top of your cooled cake.
  6. Use a cocktail stick to mark out the lines of the flag before topping with your fresh berries.