The annual cricket match that takes place at the end of season 3 is a very serious business. Sports were an opportunity not just to get fit but also to entertain, in this case the wider community of Downton Abbey. Enterprising bakers quickly realized there was an opportunity to market cakes specifically for such occasions, and, with the Downton kitchens stretched as usual, this may have been an occasion for which an outside caterer was used—perhaps Bettys of Harrogate, where Rose first meets Atticus while shopping for cakes (the company still exists). This recipe is for the basic cake, and the decorated icing used should be appropriate for the occasion, whether it’s tennis, cricket, or even a game of chess. Be warned: it makes two good-size cakes, so if you aren’t baking it to feed the entire local populace, it is worth halving the recipe.