Sunday, 8 July 2012

Wimbledon cake

A post in which the writer proves her lack of piping skills.

(ps, I know I misspell Murray above but it was too late to change)

It  probably won't surprise you to learn that were many different cakes and sweet treats baked in my house while I was growing up. Syd special, melting moments, the rude Christmas cake, lemon drizzle, my Dad's chocolate cake and ... the Wimbledon cake. This was in the days when Borg, Mcenroe and Nastase were the stars. Traditionally, in honour of the men's final, my Mum would dig out her bumper Marks and Spencers cook book and make a Wimbledon cake. 
I have followed Wimbledon on and off during the past few years, and never felt inspired to make this cake. However, as there is a Brit in the final for the first time in (insert number, probably about 70, can't be bothered to google) many years, the time has come.
Unfortunately my parents haven't been answering their phone, they are either too busy watching Wallender or something else Swedish or are flooded out of their home! So I had to recreate the cake from memory.
It was a light fruit cake, with water icing and, I recall, a vague orange tang. The tennis court is piped onto the green icing and the names of each of the finalist piped on the opposite ends of the cake. Then, with great ceremony, the losing end is cut and eaten first.
Now I did consider covering the cake with fondant, and painting a beautiful court, with portraits of Murray and Federer, but, apart from the lack of time, I really felt I should stick with tradition. Plus, the cake benefits from the slight crunch of the icing rather than the softer fondant.
You can add any fruit you like, I included some freeze dried strawberries I found in my local supermarket to give it that real Wimbledon feel.

Wimbledon Cake

Cake mix
300g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
300g caster sugar
6 large eggs (at room temperature)
300g self-raising flour
250g mixed fruit (I used dried strawberries, apricots, cherries, raisins and sultanas)
Grated rind and juice of an orange
Grated rind of a lemon

350g royal icing
2 teaspoons orange blossom water (or orange juice)
Green food colouring

For the cake:
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (or 175°C for fan-assisted ovens).
Butter, flour and line a 20cm x 27cm rectangular tin.
In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together for a few minutes until they become creamed and lighter in colour. Add the eggs one at a time and beat into this mixture (if it curdles add a teaspoon of the flour), then add the grated rind and mixed fruit. Sift the flour into the bowl and fold it into the mixture with a spoon. Fold in the fruit and then add the orange juice into the mixture too.
Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 35 -45 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Make sure to take the cake out of the tin and leave to cool on a cooling tray.

For the icing: Beat all the icing sugar with the orange blossom and then add water until you get the consistency of double cream. Set aside a small amount of the icing for the piped details. Beat in the food colouring and then pour over the cooled cake. When the icing has hardened slightly pipe the markings of a tennis court and the names of the finalists.

You can get a downloadable version here

I don't hold out much hope of a Murray win, but it is fabulous to have a Brit in the final of anything!
Enjoy the match!


  1. Sounds lovely ... Let's hope Federer's end is eaten first! Xxx

  2. Oh how super!...well I made mine and we took it to the other house to watch the match on their much bigger [and apparantly better] television and then we ate the loser!! But ...what a loser1 it was fantastic and you know I cried and Murray cried and his mum cried...and a jolly good cry was had by all .I think your cake outdoes mine!! brilliant

  3. fabulous! it opens up the door for all sorts of other traditions... an ashes cake (i'm an aussie, hubby a brit),a rugby cake...

  4. What a brilliant and creative cake. Just the thing to eat while watching Wimbledon, though such a shame it couldn't be an Andy Murray the Winner cake! thanks also for the recipe. I'd never thought of putting strawberries in a cake.