Featured Cake: Victoria Sponge
One of Breezes' staple cakes. Lovely to look at, tempting to slice and even better to eat.
Anna, the Duchess of Bedford one of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting, is credited as the creator of teatime, which eventually saw her inviting friends to join her for an afternoon meal in her rooms at Belvoir Castle. The menu
centered around small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, assorted sweets, and, of course, tea. This summer practice proved so popular, the Duchess continued it when she returned to London.
Queen Victoria adopted this new craze for tea parties and by 1855, the Queen and her ladies were in formal dress for the afternoon teas. This simple sponge cake was one of the Queen's favorites.
After her husband, Prince Albert, died in 1861, Queen Victoria spent much of her time in retreat at Osborn House in the Isle of Wight. According to historians, it was here that the cakes were named after her, giving us the Victoria Sponge