Wednesday, January 30, 2013


We are celebrating the 200th
anniversary of the author
Jane Austen!
January 28, 1813

I baked a special cake just for our tea time:

English Regency Lemon-Raspberry Cake

This recipe came from the February 1995 issue of Victoria Magazine.  Changes:  instead of the raspberry filling, I used Stonewall's Seedless Raspberry Jam and instead of making lemon curd, I used Irish Chivers Lemon Curd. (I also changed the name for the sake of Jane Austen)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cake:  You will need 3 cups sifted cake flour, 4 Tsp baking powder, 3/4 Tsp salt, 3 eggs, 1 cup milk, 2 Tsp vanilla,  3/4 Cup unsalted soft butter, 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar

Lemon Cream Frosting:  1 cup unsalted soft butter, 4 cups confectioners sugar and 3 Tbs lemon juice (I only used cups cups confectioners sugar but if I made this again - I would use a cream cheese based frosting as this is very sweet)

To make the cake:  Butter and flour 3 round cake pans and also line bottoms with waxed paper and also butter and flour the wax paper.  

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt - set aside.  In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, milk and vanilla.  Set aside.
In a larger bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter til light and creamy.  Gradually beat in 1 2/3 cups sugar, beating til light  Add flour mix alternately with milk mixture beating until smooth for 1 minute.  Divide batter between 3 pans.

Bake 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes....
check with toothpick and cool 10 minutes.

Peel wax paper off 1st layer and place on cake platter - spread lemon curd on top.  Next layer: place raspberry jam on top and then  3rd layer on top and then ice entire cake with Lemon Cream Frosting reserving 1 cup of icing for decorative effects using a pastry tube.  This cake needs to be refrigerated.

"The garden is quite a love....I live in (the) room downstairs, it is particularly pleasant, from opening upon the garden.  I go & refresh myself every now & then, and come back to Solitary Coolness. " Letter to Cassandra, 23 August 1814

There are many wonderful books available with ideas for a 
Jane Austen tea party or dinner. 
 This would be perfect for Valentines Day.


Deb said...

Your cake looks wonderful, Bernideen. I know I would love to share that with someone. Your heart-shaped plates are so pretty. Deb

Tanya Rachelle said...

So lovely! Wish I could sit and enjoy the tea with you! The cake sounds delicious- and I like the way you renamed it to honor Jane Austen. Lovely.

NanaDiana said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate, Bernideen! Gorgeous. It's hard to believe that P&P has stood the test of time-200 years! Amazing- xo Diana

Unknown said...

How FUN! P&P's anniversary was actually one of our talking points at bookclub Monday night. Can you send me a slice of that yummy cake? :)


WinnibriggsHouse said...

A lovely post about one of my favourite books. The cake looks delicious, will have to try that.

Beth said...

Your cake is really beautiful, Bernideen. What a nice tea today. It's cold and snowy here...a perfect day to sit inside and enjoy hot tea or hot chocolate!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a wonderful virtual tea party you prepared in celebration of Jane Austen. Your cake looks fabulous and I love all the cake stand you shared the other day. Wish I could really have a slice of that cake!! Thank you for hosting!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Bernideen
I'm sure Jane would have approved of your beautifully set tea table and a special cake to honour her.
I've been adding cream cheese to my frostings too to cut the sweetness of just icing sugar and butter. I tried a chocolate cream cheese but I think I added to much cocoa powder - hubby says not.
Today was a balmy 50 degrees but back to freezing temps again tomorrow.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

That is a lovely looking cake, Bernideen! Pretty china and a lovely tribute to a beloved author. Thank you for sharing at my HOME and enjoy your week.


CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Dear Bernideen,
You have a beautiful tablescape in honor of Jane Austen's Anniversary Celebration. I love your pretty teapot and matching cream & sugar. I love your heart shaped plates. Your cake looks scrumptious!Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Bernideen, I love Pride and Prejudice! You did them proud with your beautiful teascape today. The cake looks so delicious. I will be pinning the recipe. So happy to be joining you today my friend!

Snap said...

Your cake is making my mouth water! So much fun to celebrate Jane Austen. Happy Tea Day!

Unknown said...

My sweet tooth is having a hard time as it looks at your beautiful photo's...yummy and I'm sure Jane would approve!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Lovely post Bernideen! I love your gorgeous photos! The cake looks sumptuous...I think Jane would be in raptures! What an unforgetable book...although I forgot the anniversary until reminded this week.

Susan said...

I'm up for celebrating--Pride & Prejudice is still one of my favorite, all-time books. I love the movie version with Colin Firth:-D BTW, I'm bringing Strawberry Sweet Buns to the celebration, XOXO

xinex said...

What a way to celebrate. The cake looks so amazing. Jane Austen would be proud....Christine

A Garden of Threads said...

Visiting from Home, the cake looks so yummy.

Jocelyne said...

A very nice post. The cake looks yummy and I'm sure it is! What a nice way to celebrate Jane Austen.

Marilyn Miller said...

What a nice celebration. Your cake and table look so inviting.

Kathy said...

JUST PERFECT! the cake looks wonderful - beautifully done - the post is just gorgeous. I appreciate you hosting and sharing,

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a gorgeous post this is, Bernideen! Your cake is beautifully decorated, and I love your table setting. The whole display made me smile.

KathyB. said...

I am going to have to try to join you next week. The dessert looks so yummy and the tea setting is light and pretty. I do like white dishes. A sweet way to celebrate Jane Austen.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Bernideen,
thats a birthday which just call for a romantic tea time. I am sure Jane Austen would be thrilled by your lovely cake and the table setting. I would love to join your table for that yummy cake. What a luck, I can join the party virtuell. Thank you for the nice post and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Angela McRae said...

What a lovely way to honor our beloved Miss Austen!

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Donna Heber said...

Simply beautiful Bernideen! Your cake looks delicious and your heart shaped plates are adorable.

Rita said...

Just discovered your beautiful blog Bernideen and really love it and love your linky party.
what a wonderful way to celebrate Jane Austen. you have set your table so beautifully and your cake looks amazing.

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...


Your post is gorgeous, so beautiful!

I could delve right into that fluffy work of art - talk about a REALLY delish looking cake, yum yum.

I love your china too- the heart salad plates are purdy purdy purdy!

Thanks for your loyal visits, and thanks for the reminder, been kind of pre-occupied today, as you know.


Pollyanna said...

And I celebrated the amazing day sipping tea at our local English Bakery with other members of our JASNA chapter ... your tea party looks AMAZING ... such a very pretty cake. Thanks so much for sharing!!
And isn't it amazing that is been 200 years since the best book ever written was published??!!

Lady Linda said...

Oh everything looks just lovely. I wish I had a piece of that raspberry cake my friend. I love raspberries.
Thinking of you....

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely post at my HOME. I really like your new header too. Have a beautiful day, Bernideen.


Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Delish! food + photos !
thank you for the party invite, Bernideen ~ totally enjoyed my visit as usual =)
new at FHC is pinterest
def with a Tea Time board! welcome..

Kathy said...

Hello Bernideen, I appreciate you sharing this post with Home and Garden thursday - I will be featuring your post in this week's party,

Maria said...

How fun!!! I love your party idea! I saw that it was the 200th anniversary, what a fun idea to celebrate! :o) Pride and Prejudice is one of my absolute favorites!

Tammy said...

Oh yummy and oh so pretty! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I'm visiting this again, my friend, and oh my, what a tea party you had. That cake is spectacular.

Louca por porcelana said...

I am enchanted with your beautiful post!Hugs!


Oh my goodness, this is a stunning celebration that only you can do. I'm so happy you reposted it for us.
I love that white teapot and that cake makes my mouth water!
Thank you for sharing.