Retro Cakes: South African Prinsevlag
I haven’t posted anything under the Retro Cakes banner for a while, so I thought it was about time I sorted it out. Making my Rooibos tea cupcakes last week reminded me of a cake that my mum made in the 80s when the relatives came over to visit from South Africa. It features the Prinsevlag (Afrikaans for ‘Prince’s Flag’) – coloured in orange, white and blue (I know it looks a little green in the photo, but that’s just the result of pesky analogue photography and dodgy lighting). If you know your history, then you’ll be aware that this flag was replaced in 1994 when Nelson Mandela was voted in as president and the legal system of racial segregation, known as apartheid, was abolished.
Understandably, the Prinsevlag is somewhat controversial nowadays as many see it as an emblem of apartheid (although it actually pre-dates the regime by 20 years). However, in the mid-eighties in leafy Surrey, it was simply the flag of our visiting rellies. In tasty cake form. Frankly, I think the most shocking thing about the picture above is the bright purple wallpaper with which my parents chose to decorate the dining room. What the hell were they thinking?