Hertfordshire Pope Lady Cakes Recipe

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 Updated 02/05/2017

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Here is a simple cake recipe from Hertfordshire in the heart of England which can be flavoured with lemon, rose water or almond extract.


  • 8 cups plain/all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1/2 cup cornflour/corn starch
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 16 egg whites
  • pinch baking powder
  • lemon or almond extract or rose water
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Cream butter and sugar with 8 egg whites.
  2. Sift flour, cornstarch and baking powder, and add to mixture.
  3. Beat the remaining egg whites very stiff and fold in gently.
  4. Add the flavouring.
  5. Grease 2 baking tins, pour in the mixture and bake in a slow oven 110oc/225of/gas mark 1/2 for about 1 1/2 hours.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 90 minutes

Yield: 2 cakes


I am wondering if anyone knows the history behind Hertfordshire's Pope Lady cakes?
#0 - sue povey - 04/22/2008 - 05:13
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