This summer we partnered with Love British Food Fortnight to help get children across the country baking cakes which used local British produce. Our Cake for the Queen competition saw 96 schools rolling up their sleeves and creating some fantastic cakes packed full of tasty of locally sourced produce.
Schools were tasked to create a cake which included British ingredients and showed a healthy twist to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.
The range of styles, flavours and designs entered into the competition have been fantastic to see. They would rival even the best Co-op cake, and that’s saying something, definitely fit for a queen! Cathryn Higgs, Co-op Food Policy Manager
The winning cake was “The Queen’s 90th Garden Party at Buckingham Palace” and was created by the students at Chiddingstone Primary School. The students were chosen as winners for their innovative and healthy recipe and for including every child in the creation. Their cake used home-grown carrots, Kentish apples and local eggs and honey, however the fact that each child created one of the many icing decorations really made the cake stand out.
Each week, we made different cakes using healthy and local ingredients which helped us come up with our final recipe. We researched the Queen’s history and one of our funniest lessons was looking into the ten most weird and wonderful gifts the Queen has been given. The children made miniature versions of these out of icing for our cake, including the elephant! I’ve looked at all the other entries and they really are amazing. I can see how many hundreds of children have benefited from the competition and have no doubt that my class will remember this project for the rest of their lives. Megan Glover, teacher at Chiddingstone school
The students at Chiddingstone School will be heading to Buckingham Palance in September as a result of their win.