Courting Cake

Total Time
20 mins
30 mins

This is a real summer treat and a good way of using up slightly bruised or over-ripe strawberries or making just a few go further. It was originally made in the north of England by young girls for their betrotheds, hence the name.

Skip to Next Recipe




  1. Pre-heat oven to 190°C/375°F.
  2. Grease and line the bases of three 7-inch round cake tins.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  4. Gradually add the eggs, a little at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Fold in the flour, and then add enough milk to give a soft dropping consistency.
  6. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared tins and bake for 25-30 minutes, until well risen and firm to the touch, swapping the position of the top and bottom cakes halfway through the cooking.
  7. Turn out and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Whip the cream until it just holds its shape.
  9. Sandwich the cakes together with the cream and the strawberries, reserving a few for decoration.
  10. Dredge the top with icing sugar and decorate with the reserved strawberries.
Most Helpful

5 5

It is a good recipe.

5 5

This is easily the prettiest cake I have ever made. The only change I made to the recipe was that I had a little extra whipped cream, so I put it on top, too. The flavor is light, freshand just the right level of sweet. Perfect for summer.

5 5

This is an awesome recipie. The strawberry farmer on the corner has a few late season berries; tiny, shiny red, sweet and flavorful. We wait all year for his fall berries. This is a wonderful way to use them. I used heavy whipping cream for the double cream and superfine sugar for the caster sugar.