The Victoria Sandwich Cake so named because it was Queen Victoria's favourite tea-time treat, was tipped to become the largest attraction at the 2013 Royal Bath & West Show. The Royal Bath & West this year celebrated its150th show so shares its roots with the birth of the 'tea time' era and the introduction of the Victoria Sandwich Cake.
To mark this momentous milestone in the Show's history, Dr Jane Guise, the Chairwoman of the Royal Bath & West of England Society, commissioned the creation of a record-breaking celebratory Victoria Sandwich Cake which spanned five feet in diameter. The cake was baked by Steve Oxford of Oxford's Bakery whose Alweston-based business dates back to Victorian times.
The planning for the cake has been a challenge of mind-boggling proportions. Steve explains: 'The two most complex tasks have been finding an oven large enough and a cake tin to accommodate the cake. An engineer has specially designed the tin which comprises a stainless base unit with forged channels which will enable a forklift to lift it in and out of the oven and a ring which is bolted onto the tin and is five feet in diameter.
Brook Food Processing Equipment in Minehead has kindly offered the use of an enormous oven for the bake. The 500 eggs required for the bake are being supplied by Blackdown Hills Eggs, Tiptree are providing the jam for the filling and Barber's the butter for the mix and for the buttercream.
Other than that it's down to the recipe I've adapted and a huge sprinkling of good luck! 'The baking commenced on the 15th May and took two days to complete. It was transported by Peter Green's a specialist in refrigerated transport, to a depot next to the Bath & West Showground.
On May 29th, the cake was carried on to the Showground and to the Village Green, which was the scene of a number of Victorian themed activities, for cutting by the Bishop of Bath & Wells at midday.
Dr Guise concluded: 'The first day of the show attracts up to 30,000 visitors and many of them came to share the rich and varied flavour of both the show and our delicious anniversary cake!'