Let Them Eat Cake

January 21, 2020

“Let Them Eat Cake!” Infamously attributed to Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France, who uttered these words upon hearing the peasants were dying of starvation following a disastrous wheat crop, poor management and rodent infestation.

These words didn’t see the light of day until almost 50 years after her death and are a mis-translation; brioche not cake is mentioned in the original French. Play with words long enough and you can paint a picture of the dead as you will – who cares about the truth!

Last weekend, I set about baking again; making some choux pastry as documented in another post; and a 3 tier sponge cake.

I have said it before, I find the whole process of cooking to be therapeutic and get a huge amount of satisfaction from baking. Alas, I cannot eat what I make, therefore it is easier to give away.

Making enough vanilla batter to fill a 20cm, 15cm, & 11 cm cake tin, I produced a 20cm & 11cm Lemon Victoria sponge with vanilla fondant – & a more finished 15cm sponge with vanilla fondant centre and finished with vanilla icing.

Each cake arrived at deserving locations as a part of “Brakes2Cakes” and the feedback was most humbling.

Lush” – Cath

You missed your calling – beautiful cake” – Andrew

I didn’t get a sniff of the cake – all gone before I turned around” – AT


Whilst they enjoy, “let them eat cake!”