It’s a misty Victoria Day here on Prince Edward Island.

We’re celebrating the Queen’s Birthday

and, in honour of the occasion,

I am baking a cake.

I should have baked a Victorian sponge, since I heard on CBC radio this morning that it was the most popular cake in the Victorian era.

I didn’t know that, but fortunately Lovella did!

She whipped up a gorgeous looking Victorian sponge.

However, since this is a royal celebration, I think two kinds of cake are definitely in order.

I don’t think they were eating this cake in the Victorian Age, but it is the most popular cake in our era

and in my household.

Deep Chocolate.

My mother always made Duncan Heinz Deep Chocolate Cake Mix with an added egg and an instant chocolate pudding mix. A very delicious cake.

I’ve made it numerous times. It always turns out.

But I’ve wanted a “made from scratch” chocolate cake.

Call it baker’s pride.

I’m guilty.

I don’t mind, because after years of homemade chocolate cake flops,

I think I have finally found the recipe that rivals DH.

Old-fashioned Chocolate Cake

Oh. my.

Think moist, deep, dark, rich, melt in your mouth, chocolate flavour.

I even made the fluffy white frosting. Mmm mm!

I wanted a good picture for you – one with the fork loaded with chocolately goodnness heading right toward your mouth

But I was having trouble balancing the fork and the camera.

All the pictures were out of focus.

But I’m not one easily discouraged, and finally, after ten mouthfuls, er, shots,

I took one that was in focus.

Wasn’t that sweet of me? 🙂

Thanks to Suzanne of Chickens In The Road – an entertaining blogger who writes from her farm in West Virginia. If you like life on the farm, drop over for a visit and don’t forget to check out her recipe index.

I think I’ll try her Great-Aunt Ruby’s Lemon-Iced cake next – using her Homemade Yellow Cake Mix.

Finally, homemade cake success!

Fit for a Queen’s birthday!

Happy Victoria Day!

with love,

11 thoughts on “Royal Celebrations

  1. eija says:

    That looks sinfully delicious……*wiping drool from the keyboard*


  2. Vee says:

    It took awhile, but I found you! Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment. I enjoyed reading about your cake making yesterday. I hope that you had a very nice Victoria Day.


  3. Nan says:

    I have a lot of trouble getting good food photos! They never seem to look as good in a picture. I’ve never made a mix cake, yet they are all quick and easy to make. The thing I learned a long time ago is to forget layers and use a 9 x 13 pan. Congrats on yours!


  4. Lovella says:

    OOOOH. .I love chocolate cake. . .and my son’s birthday is this week. . .and guess what he ordered.I love that you baked a cake in honour of Queen Victoria too .. .what fun. . .and I think she would have enjoyed a slice of each of ours. . .with your angel fluff frosting on that gorgeous dark chocolate cake. . .I can not say. . .how many times I think the photography is done. . .only to pull the cake out and pretend all over again.


  5. Niki says:

    YUM! I’ve been looking for scratch cake recipes that are easy as a cake mix as well. I’ve found a couple…don’t you love Mennonite Girls can cook??? I think I’ve bookmarked about 50 recipes from their site. I’ll check out the chickens in the road recipeHave a wonderful weekNikiPS very sacrificing of you to keep trying to get a good pic of the cake….and that frosting looks delish too, by the way!


  6. violet says:

    Well it’s absolutely beautiful here – as usual. Love the reflection pictures – what stillness! Wish I were there to have a bite of cake. It sure looks yummy! Happy Victoria Day – to the McPhees and their kittens.


  7. Susanne says:

    I am so not good at cakes but I’m whipping up a batch of no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies. Does that count? Somehow now after seeing your luscious chocolate cake with fluffy white frosting it just won’t have the same satisfaction.


  8. Lorna says:

    Looks great, Kathie … and I bet tastes even better.


  9. BlessedwithFour says:

    Yummy – that looks soooo good, fit for a queen for sure. Now I am wanting something chocolate LOL


  10. jill says:

    Oh yeah…the fluffly white frosting seals the deal. Too bad Vicky didn’t know about the wonders of chocolate cake!On the other hand, the Victorian gals made it a habit to get served hot chocolate (NOT cocoa) in bed in the morning. A tea pot, coffee pot AND chocolate pot were basic to every household. The three styles of pots were quite charming. Hot chocolate for breakfast in bed every morning…then sponge cake with tea: no wonder those corsets were needed!


  11. ellen b says:

    Duncan Heinz mixes are my favorite! Enjoy celebrating the Queen! :0)


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