The Queen's pudding competition—how to get involved and which bakes will be popular

The Queen's pudding competition has just launched and royal fans are now excited to get involved in the cake competition fit for a Queen

The Queen's pudding competition
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In celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Her Majesty has launched a pudding competition that invites amateur bakers from across the country to get cooking.


Do you consider yourself a bit of a whiz in the kitchen? Do you pour over every episode of the Great British Bake Off? Well, you may want to get your whisk out and get involved in an exciting baking competition that could lead to baking for the Queen!

Buckingham Palace has just launched a pudding competition in celebration of Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee that celebrates her 70-year long reign. 

The idea behind this is to create a special pudding to commemorate the momentous occasion. Much like how coronation chicken (chicken with mayonnaise and curry powder) became a popular dish when Her Majesty first became Queen.

The competition will be open to any UK residents who are aged 8 or over and want to try and create a signature 'platinum pudding.'

The royal family announced on Twitter, "🗣️ Calling all bakers! 🍰 To mark The Queen’s #PlatinumJubilee, a nationwide competition has been launched to discover the perfect Platinum Pudding recipe, to be enjoyed at Big Jubilee Lunches and by generations to come."

"Five finalists will prepare their pudding for an expert judging panel including Dame Mary Berry, Monica Galetti, and Buckingham Palace Head Chef Mark Flanaghan—who has shared his top tips for entrants."

The Queen will technically celebrate this anniversary five months ahead of schedule, but the real celebration will take place in June, when the cake will be a focal point of the celebrations.

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How to participate in the Queen's pudding competition

If you are a UK resident and aged 8 or over, you're in! All you need to do to participate is create a recipe and submit your plans before Friday, February 4, 2022.

You can submit the recipe through Fortnum & Mason's (opens in new tab), the brand is working in collaboration with the royal family to create this competition and find the perfect Platinum pudding. 

Three rounds of judging panels will take place in February and then on March 14, five finalists will be invited to attend the live final. 

What does the Queen like to eat?

In 2016, for Her Majesty's 90th birthday, the Queen was presented with a cake baked by the Great British Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain. This cake was a twist on the classic lemon drizzle and was instead an 'orange drizzle' cake. This proved to be a popular dish with Her Majesty who reportedly prefers more simplistic bakes.

Food blogger Jane Dunn, who will also be judging the Platinum pudding competition, appeared on This Morning and told hosts, Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield, "We’re looking for something as big as the Victoria sponge, the Coronation Chicken—anything that will be remembered, but maybe a more new and exciting flavor?”

Jane added, "I can imagine she would like quite a delicious, classic flavor. I think something quite exciting like white chocolate raspberry would be quite good here and especially at the time of year like you start getting into the summer months—something quite light."

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Although fans are speculating about what the British monarch might like, the Queen has never revealed her favorite meal for fears that she will only be served certain types of food if she reveals her preferences. This means that bakers will have to assume that Her Majesty isn't a picky eater and will most likely enjoy a range of different flavors and culinary experiences.

However, Her Majesty has also been known to have some curious eating habits. For example, there are foods that royals are banned from eating, and the Queen has a bizarre way that she prefers to have her hamburgers served. So perhaps playing it safe isn't all it cracked up to be!

Laura is a news writer for woman&home who primarily covers entertainment and celebrity news. Laura dabbles in lifestyle, royal, beauty, and fashion news, and loves to cover anything and everything to do with television and film. She is also passionate about feminism and equality and loves writing about gender issues and feminist literature.


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