5 Classic Lip-Smacking Desserts that Britain Gave to the World

No, Britain is certainly not the best place if you’re looking for some lip-smacking delicious food. However, when it comes to desserts, there aren’t many countries that can give competition to Britain. Indeed, the Brits take their dessert rather seriously, which is proven by the fact that some of the best desserts on the planet come from Britain. What follows is a list of 5 classic desserts that Britain gave to the world.

Battenberg cake

Those typically chequered pink and yellow squares of the popular Battenberg cake – a delicacy that can’t be missed while you’re in Britain. The Battenberg cake is a popular English cake that wasapparently invented in 1884, during the marriage of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter, Victoria of Hesse-Darmsadt to the German prince Louis of Battenberg. The cake is covered in Marzipan and when cut in cross-section, it displays a two-by-two chequered pattern colored yellow and pink alternately. There is a theory that the four sections of the cake represented prince Louis and his three brothers – Alexander, Franz-Joseph, and Henry – the four Battenberg princes. The cake was so popular that it never went away.

Banoffee pie

Banoffee pie is an irresistible English dessert that is known to have been invented in 1972 at a restaurant called The Hungry Monk in Jevington, East Sussex. The recipe is made out of bananas, cream, and toffee (from boiled condensed milk) topped on either a pastry base or a base made from butter and crumbled biscuits. The chef and the owner claim to have adapted the recipe from an American dessert known as “Blum’s Coffee Toffee Pie” which was made of toffee topped with coffee-flavored whipped cream. They made their own recipe using soft caramel toffee and a layer of bananas and initially called it “Banoffi”, which later became “Banoffee” (constructed from the words banana and toffee). Today, the recipe is as popular as the first time it appeared on the menu.

Blum's Coffee Toffee Pie

Jam Roly-Poly

Jam Roly-Poly is a traditional British pudding that dates back to the early 19th century. A popular hit with children, this incredible pudding is essentially a flat-rolled pastry or pudding made with suet (beef or mutton fat), which is then smeared with fruit jam and then rolled up, resembling a Swiss roll. An essential part of any Briton’s childhood, the Jam Roly-Poly is also nicknamed “shirt-sleeve pudding” because families often steamed the pudding and served it wrapped up in an old shirt sleeve. This tradition also earned this dessert a couple of other not-so-pleasant names such as “dead man’s arm” or “dead man’s leg”.

Castle Pudding

Castle pudding is yet another epic classic English dessert that was probably first made centuries ago in England. Unlike traditional American puddings that are associated with custards made up of milk or eggs, the castle pudding is a sponge pudding, which contains flour in addition to milk, eggs, and sugar. Usually, the castle pudding is baked in a dariole mold, which is the authentic way of baking it. The pudding in itself is pretty basic or rather plain, with maybe a hint of vanilla or some lemon flavoring. However, the pudding becomes interesting as soon as it is topped with a generous dollop of strawberry jam. The pudding is usually served warm and so the jam jelly melts and cascades down the sides of the pudding, creating a pool of strawberry sauce around the pudding – heavenly!

Castle Pudding


One of the most popular desserts known around the globe, the Trifle is yet another brilliant invention that the British gave to the world. Essentially, the Trifle is a dessert that comes from Scotland and is made from custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or jelly, and whipped cream. All these ingredients are usually arranged in layers on top of one another.The Trifle is traditionally prepared in a large deep bowl so that all the vibrant layers of the dessert can be seen.  A traditional sweet since the 1500’s, the British have been enjoying this amazing delicacy since many centuries, making it one of the oldest known classic desserts.However, the Trifle had a rather humble beginning, with the first Trifle simply consisting of boiled cream and a few other ingredients. It was until the 18th century that the Trifle evolved into the way we see (eat!) it today.

Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.

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