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Retro Cakes: South African Prinsevlag

Posted in Baking, Cakes, Retro Cakes, South African food with tags , , , , , on 19/05/2011 by libbyplummer

Prinsevlag cakeI 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?

Rooibos tea cupcakes

Posted in Baking, Cakes, South African food with tags , , , , , , , , on 17/05/2011 by libbyplummer

Rooibos cupcakes 2We all like a decent brew, but PG Tips cupcakes didn’t sound particularly exotic, so I decided to make some Rooibos tea cupcakes instead. Rooibos is a type of tea that only grows in South Africa. It’s pronounced ‘roy-bosh’ (although I believe this varies slightly between dialects) and is Afrikaans for ‘red bush’. As the name suggests, it’s a reddish-brown in colour and has a slightly nutty taste. You can drink it with milk (if you’re a pleb), but it’s much more commonly drunk without. It’s available in most supermarkets nowadays, but I usually get mine from the The Savannah – a London-based South African food shop that also sells online.

Rooibos teabags
For the ingrediants lineup, I used the Earl Grey tea cupcake recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery‘s Cake Days book (substituting Rooibos for the Earl Grey, obviously).

Rooibos cupcakes
I used Dr Oetker Polka Dots for decoration, painstakingly removing the orange ones to leave just red, blue, yellow and green. This wasn’t some sort of OCD-related cry for help or merely down to the fact that I had a hour to kill before the FA cup final kicked off. It was actually so that the decorations would match the South African flag (along with the white icing and black cases). Worth the effort? I reckon so.

South African flag