Viewers have been given a glimpse of the final of a nationwide competition to find a pudding fit to celebrate the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee.
Cakes commemorating the Queen’s wedding and multicultural Britain are among those teased in a new trailer for The Queen’s Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Baking, which airs on BBC One on May 12, when the Duchess of Cornwall and Dame Mary Berry will announce the winner .
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 honor of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
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 says the Queen has been a role model in her life, feels she has the “perfect cake” to celebrate the monarch’s historic reign.
She said her rose falooda cake recipe, which originates from the streets of Mumbai, reflects the Commonwealth and how Britain has become a multicultural society.
“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 added.
Retired sales manager Susan, 65, from Argyll and Bute in Scotland, takes her cooking inspiration from her mother but has only become a keen amateur baker in recent years.
She noted that the inspiration behind her four nations pudding, which consists of Scottish berries, Yorkshire rhubarb, Welsh cakes and Irish butter and cream, was to represent the UK 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 32-year-old lawyer from Warwickshire, began baking at the age of seven with her grandmother, who taught her all the traditional baking methods.
Her submission of a 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 favorite tipple.
She hopes families all over the world will be able to easily recreate the recipe in their own kitchens to join in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Copywriter Jemma, 31, from Southport, also began baking as a child but started experimenting again when she got her own home four years 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 flavor on the dessert served at the monarch’s wedding, lemon posset.
The line-up is completed by 29-year-old Kathryn, a composer and oboist who lives in Oxfordshire, and describes herself as a “’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 noted that it also commemorates her grandmother, who continued to work as an NHS nurse during the pandemic before she died in April 2020 at the age of 84, as it is a variation of her favorite cake.
– 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.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.