Finalists of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pudding competition revealed

Cakes commemorating the Queen’s wedding and multicultural Britain are among those in the final of a nationwide competition to find a pudding fit to celebrate the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee.

Recipes by five amateur bakers have been selected from nearly 5,000 entries from across the country as part of the competition between royal grocer Fortnum & Mason and the Big Jubilee Lunch in honour of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

The Duchess of Cornwall and Dame Mary Berry will announce the winner during a special BBC One programme, The Queen’s Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Baking, which airs on May 12.

The winner of the competition was announced by the Duchess and Dame Mary Berry (BBC/PA).

Among the five finalists is Shabnam, who lives in north London and works part-time at her husband’s skincare clinic while also catering for friends and family parties as a hobby.

Shabnam, who claims the Queen has been a role-model in her life, believes she has the “perfect cake” to celebrate the monarch’s historic reign.

Rose falooda cake is her favorite recipe. It comes from the streets in Mumbai.

“My falooda cake is a humble cake of the people, and by qualifying I felt I was representing people from all walks of life, their struggles, journeys, their hopes and aspirations, and I hope it’s inspiration for anyone really, that you can achieve anything if you just believe in yourself,”She continued.

Susan, a retired sales manager, is from Argyll and Bute in Scotland. She gets her cooking inspirations from her mother, but has become a passionate amateur baker in recent times.

She pointed out that her four nations pudding (which consists of Scottish berries and Yorkshire rhubarb as well as Welsh cakes and Irish butter cream and cream) was inspired by the UK’s coming together.

Susan said: “The Queen’s Jubilee is the one time that we can all be together to celebrate our Queen and how she’s represented us during her selfless 70-year service to our country.

“So I wanted my pudding to represent us as one nation.”

Sam, a Warwickshire-based lawyer aged 32, started baking at seven years old with her grandmother. She taught Sam all the traditional baking techniques.

Her submission of the jubilee bundt cake is based on the classic Victoria sponge but with a royal twist as it is shaped like a crown and includes a Dubonnet jam, which she read was the Queen’s favourite tipple.

She hopes families all over the world will be able to easily recreate the recipe in their own kitchens to join in on the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Jemma, a 31-year-old copywriter, is from Southport. She started baking as an infant and began again when she moved into her own home four year ago.

She said her lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle is a tribute to both of her grandmothers as one taught her to bake and the other’s signature dish was a trifle.

The amateur baker feels her recipe is fit for the Queen as she has based the flavour on the dessert served at the monarch’s wedding, lemon posset.

Kathryn, a 29-year-old composer and oboist, who lives in Oxfordshire completes the line-up. “‘chuck everything in’ kind of cook”.

She feels her passion fruit and thyme frangipane tart is perfect for the Queen’s historic celebration as it is a “light summery pudding”.

Kathryn pointed out that the cake also remembers her grandmother, who worked as a nurse in the NHS during the pandemic. She died in April 2020 at age 84.

– The winning recipe will be revealed in The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Baking, which airs on BBC One at 8pm on May 12.

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