Waitrose unveils a cake fit for a Queen

Lincolnshire schoolgirl Tilly Chisholm has won a nationwide competition run by Waitrose to design a birthday cake to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Tilly’s design was chosen by a panel which included celebrated cake maker Fiona Cairns, ‘The Great British Bake Off’ finalist Martha Collison and organiser of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in May.

The fruit cake, which is made in Scotland, features a bejewelled gold crown, the Queen’s initials and a red balloon. It is finished with red, white and blue bunting around the base.

Fiona Cairns said: “We’re delighted to be involved in decorating the cake. It’s been such an interesting project working on the design from the very beginning, and throughout the competition we saw some beautiful and imaginative designs.

“We were so pleased when Tilly’s design was announced as the winner. We have taken the essence of her drawing, making special cutters for some of the elements to create the lovely decorations for the cake. Every part of the decoration is made by hand in our bakery in Leicestershire by our skilled team. We feel proud to have been involved in helping to create a cake fit for a Queen.”

Tilly, aged 9, from Stamford said: “I couldn’t believe it when they said my name as I never win anything! I cannot wait to see my cake on the shelves.”

The Waitrose Celebration Cake for Her Majesty’s Birthday will be available in branches of the supermarket chain from April 20 priced £10.

Waitrose is an official partner of the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration which will take place in Home Park, Windsor Castle, from May 12-15. The proceedings will be broadcast on ITV.

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