In Colonial America, it was common for cake to be named after the rank of royalty. The cost of the ingredients for a cake was related to the importance of rank. For example, King's Cake called for expensive fruits, nuts and spices. The next most expensive cake was Queen's Cake, made with fruits, spices and brandy. This version of Queen's cake is a very rich butter muffin filled with currants, cinnamon and citrus flavorings.
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