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1.Who is the Victoria sponge named for?

C-Queen Victoria: As we know from Queen Victoria's present of chocolate to her troops during the Boer War, she was a woman with a sweet tooth and it was one of the Queen's own ladies in waiting, Anna Duchess of Bedford who invented the concept of afternoon tea. Encouraged to hold her own tea parties in order to raise her spirits in the dark years following Prince Albert's death, the Queen set a trend which soon gained momentum amongst those who wished to emulate her. Naturally, the centre piece of many such an occasion, the traditional sponge cake sandwiched together with jam and cream, became known as a Victoria Sponge or Sandwich.

2.Which two colours traditionally feature in a Battenburg cake?

B-Pink and yellow: The pink and yellow chequered pieces are sandwiched together with apricot jam and held in place by the marzipan around the outside. It's popularly believed that this type of cake got its name as a result of the marriage of Prince Louis of Battenburg to Princess Victoria in 1884, at which the cake was presumably served. However, it seems we're being short changed these days, as early recipes call for nine alternately coloured sections rather than four. Imagine the patience needed to piece that together!

3.From which part of the UK does Bara Brith originate?

D-Wales: Bara Brith is a Welsh tea bread; the fruit and sugar is typically left to soak in tea overnight. Its name translates as speckled or mottled bread, the speckled nature being thanks to the currants and raisins of course. Nineteenth century Welsh immigrants to Argentina continued to make Bara Brith and it can still be found there today in Welsh tea houses where it's badged as Torta Negra, or Black Cake.

4.What are Nutty Flips more commonly known as?

C-Flap Jacks: In North America a Flap Jack is another name for a pancake or griddle cake, which does seem appropriate once you realise that the flap part of the name originated from the term for flipping something over. How our oven baked product, which definitely doesn't get flipped over, ended up with the same name is a matter for conjecture, and the mystery only deepens on discovering that Nutty Flip is an alternative name for the Flap Jack in parts of the north of the UK. Best just enjoy that chewy texture and sweet, buttery taste!

5.Who said 'Let them eat cake'?

A-Marie Antoinette: This is the correct answer if popular myth is to be believed, but it's fairly likely that the flippant remark was attributed to her falsely so as to tarnish her reputation as a leading member of the hated aristocracy. In his autobiographical writings, the eighteenth century philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau cites option B- Marie-Thérèse, the queen consort of an earlier  King Louis, as the originator of the famous saying.

6.Which liqueur is traditionally used in a Black Forest Gateau?

B-Kirsch: Distilled from cherries and their stones, Kirsch is the liqueur used to give the cake its alcoholic twang. Black Forest Gateau is a translation from the German, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. The German name was coined not for the Black Forest mountain range itself, but for the region's liqueur, Schwarzwälder Kirsch.

7.When did Mr. Kipling start selling cakes?

C-1967: Mr Kipling cakes have become something of an institution in shops and supermarkets up and down the country, as has their long running advertising slogan – 'exceedingly good cakes'. The company have retained a lead in the market since 1976 with favourites such as French Fancies and Bakewell Tarts.

8.Where did The Great British Bake Off's Mary Berry grow up?

A-Bath: Mary Berry was born and bred in Bath. She discovered her aptitude for baking at Bath High School and during her first job at the Bath Electricity Board Showroom, she used her talent for making Victoria Sponges to demonstrate to customers how to use their new cookers!

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