What better reason to take a tour round the UK this summer than to sample the delicious cakes on offer?
With The Great British Bake Off soon to start again (after a controversial move to Channel 4), it’s the perfect time to indulge in some cakey tourism.
Ever wondered about the dessert delicacies from these fair Isles?
Here are some of the best from Wales, England, and Scotland.
Sally Lunn Bun, Bath
When you visit Bath, you’ll likely take a walk along the river, visit the cathedral, and soak up the atmosphere of Jane Austen’s one-time hometown.
While you’re there, you should also grab a Sally Lunn bun, which are just as steeped in the history of the place as the towering Georgian architecture and Roman baths.
The Sally Lunn bun (confusing sometimes called the ‘Bath bun’, which is another kind of bun, or the ‘original Bath bun’) is quite plain to look at.
Approximately 6 inches in diameter, it’s a bit like a large brioche.
The story goes that in the 17th century a Huguenot refugee from France named Solange Luyon got a job at a bakery in Bath.
She began to bake French-style butter and egg enriched breads, which then became known as Sally Lunn buns (assumedly the locals had a bit of difficulty pronouncing her name).
The recipe was lost, only found again in the 1930s, in a secret cupboard in the baker’s former home.
Whether any of this is true is anyone’s guess, as there don’t seem to be any records of Solange Luyon.
But anyway, it tastes great whether you have it with clotted cream and jam or toasted with cheeses as part of a savory dish.
There’s also a lot of rivalry between the Sally Lunn bun and the Bath bun, but perhaps that’s a story for another time.
Bara Brith, Wales
Bara brith gets its name from ‘bara,’ which is Welsh for bread, and ‘brith,’ which translates as speckled.
Legend has it that it was first invented by a Welsh chef who added fruit and spices to standard bread dough.
A lot like a tea loaf, bara brith is best served with a good brew and chat.
Cornish Cream Tea, Cornwall
A real British favourite, a cream tea an experience to be savoured.
Originating in the South West, a traditional cream tea consists of a scone with jam and clotted cream served with a cup of tea.
But how do you know if you’re enjoying a Cornish cream tea?
The proof is in the pudding so they say, and it’s Cornish if you spread the jam first and then the cream.
If your jam’s on top of your cream, you’re actually eating a Devonshire cream tea. Fact.
Dundee Cake, Scotland
Finally, head north for the Dundee Cake.
And what a mighty cake it is.
This traditional Scottish fruit cake is rich and full of flavour.
Made with currants, sultanas and almonds, you don’t need a big slice to appreciate its hearty taste.
And what better accessories to take on your tour than these strawberry-jam coloured sunnies from Dolce and Gabbana?
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