The nation will celebrate its historic 2022 Platinum Year with a UK-wide barbecue to create a dessert dedicated to the Queen.
It is expected to be the winning cake, judged by Mary Berry, will be as beloved as Victoria Sponge, named after Queen Vic.
A competition, named Bake Orf, was launched to create a pud that became a national treasure like Chicken crowned, devised when she ascended the throne in 1952.
The winning recipe will be sampled and enjoyed by the Queen at parties across the country.
Dame Mary, 86 years old, will try her taste buds with TV cook Monica Galetti and Queen’s Chef Mark Flanagan.
She said: “I am delighted to be the chair of this exciting contest to make the perfect pudding for the Queen. I hope everyone who walks in has a lot of fun.”
A royal source said: “The British public and the Queen both love their cakes. There’s no better way to mark her 70th year on the throne than with a pudding that will stand the test of time.
“The UK has a proud history of baking and many of us have turned to baking during the pandemic so I don’t think the judges will be short on recipes.”
Anyone over the age of eight can enter with a pud by February 4. The five finalists will then participate in a live “baking” session in March at the Fortnum & store. Mason near Buckingham Palace.
The British have a four-day holiday in June to mark the holy year.
Queen, 95 years old, remains at Windsor Castle after last year’s health crisis.
To enter go to fortnumandmason.com/platinum-pudding.
Thursday, June 2
CHALLENGE Colors start at Buckingham Palace and head down the Mall to the Guards Parade. The 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and more than 1,200 soldiers from the Household Division will put on a show followed by a flight by the RAF. More than 1,500 cities, towns and villages across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man plus UK overseas territories will light up their beacons. They will also be lit in the capitals of each Commonwealth country, with one also set up at Buckingham Palace.
Friday, June 3
SERVICE Thanksgiving is held at St Paul’s Church in the City of London. The Royal website says further events will be announced at a later date.
Saturday June 4
The BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace, where “some of the biggest entertainers in the world” will perform a live concert for members of the public at Buckingham Palace. A live screening of the show will also be available at Sandringham’s Royal Parkland, Norfolk, free to the public. The estates of Balmoral, in Aberdeenshire, will also be open over the weekend to interested royalists.
Sunday, June 5
STREET parties will be held nationwide, with more than 1,400 registered for the Jubilee Luncheon and more than 200,000 other events expected to be held. Performers, dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and volunteers will tell the story of the Queen’s reign during the Platinum competition, which will see the River of Hope – made up of 200 silk flags – walk along London’s Shopping Centre.
https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/8180314/queen-platinum-jubilee-bake-off-competition/ Britain will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Year with a baking contest to create His Majesty’s exclusive pudding