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The “Queens Birthday” is celebrated today in New Zealand. Always the first Monday in June, this holiday includes official celebrations such as the Queens Birthday Honours list and military ceremonies (Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen's_Official_Birthday), although I wasn’t aware of them growing up.

I made these Queen Cakes for breakfast this morning, and they were absolutely delicious – definitely fit for a Queen.




4 ounces of butter

4 ounces sugar

2 eggs

3 ounces flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon lemon zest

4 ounces currants


Heat the oven to 400F/200C and lightly grease 12 patty pans (Queen cakes are not usually made in paper cases). Soften the butter and whisk the eggs lightly.

Cream the butter and guar very thoroughly until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and add the finely grated lemon zest, the sifted dry ingredients and lastly the currants.

Spoon into the patty tins, which should be about 2/3 full, and bake for about 15 minutes. Remove from the pans when they have cooled a little.

Dust with icing sugar before serving.


Recipe adapted from Ladies, A Plate, Traditional home baking, Alexa Johnston, 2008