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Press Release: Cake for The Queen Winners Announced!

Press Release: Cake for The Queen Winners Announced!

Chiddingstone Primary School in Kent are today crowned the winners of the Love British Food 2016 Cake for The Queen competition. Chosen from a total of 98 entries, their spectacular cake themed ‘The Queen’s 90th Garden Party at Buckingham Palace’, was made with home-grown carrots, Kentish apples and local eggs and honey. It wins them a special prize visit to Buckingham Palace in recognition of their efforts. 

The Queen’s official 90th Birthday was celebrated on the weekend of the 11th and 12th June 2016 and Love British Food invited children to join in by holding a fun birthday party, the centre-piece of which had to be a special cake for Her Majesty.

The competition set a specific challenge: as well as making a cake that was spectacular it had to be made with healthy ingredients - the healthier, the fresher and the more local the better.

From Scotland to Devon, and Wales to Norfolk, imaginations were set alight and mixing bowls kept busy as recipes were created, tasted and tweaked. Popular ingredients included beetroot, courgette, lemon and strawberries and some recipes replaced sugar with honey and fruit juices.

Decorating the cake proved particularly popular and designs included corgie dogs, crowns, The Queens’ hats, plenty of Union flags and even a Landrover!

The winners were chosen for their innovative and healthy recipe, which represented their county Kent’s fruit growing heritage, for the cake design where every child made decorations, and for the way they celebrated with their very own 90 year old helper - Granny Pocock!

Megan Glover, teacher at Chiddingstone school, said "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”.

The runners up are Lumley Infant and Nursery School from County Durham who produced a Union Jack cupcake display where each of the children produced a drawing for The Queen, which was transferred onto edible paper and placed into home made fondant frames. The frames were arranged in a Union Jack formation. The cake was shared locally but also ‘virtually’ with their friends in Uganda via a skype session.

Highly Commended entries of a very high standard were received from:

  • Hatton Academy, Northamptonshire
  • Ringwood School, Hampshire
  • The Oval Primary School, Birmingham
  • The Thorners CE VA Primary School, Dorset
  • Abbeys Primary School, Milton Keynes
  • Hawarden High School, Flintshire, North Wales

    Organiser Alexia Robinson said “We were astounded by the quality and quantity of the entries into the Cake for The Queen competition and the enthusiasm and thought which has gone into every one – especially in the sourcing of local foods like eggs, flour and honey. We just wish that Her Majesty could have tasted them all as we are sure she would be extremely impressed”.

    Cathryn Higgs, Food Policy Manager at The Co-op said: “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!”2

    Love British Food Ambassador, Raymond Blanc OBE said: “I am so impressed by the ways in which the children and teachers have produced recipes that use fresh ingredients and are healthier than normal. It is clear from the cake designs that a lot of fun was had, which is exactly how it should be when teaching food topics. Well done to everyone who took part!”.

    Chiddingstone School will visit Buckingham Palace during British Food Fortnight which runs from 17th September to 2nd October 2016.


    Notes to Editors

    Co-op Food is the Official Sponsor of Love British Food and British Food Fortnight 2016.

    Love British Food is a Supporter of the Year of Great British Food.

    The winning entries can be viewed here

    Photographs of the entries can be viewed here

    For further press information please contact:

    Love British Food:

    Catherine or Alexia, T: 0203 239 7032 E:


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    Love British Food is a small independent organisation that educates about the benefits of buying British. It is supported by a family of organisations led by Cucina Restaurants, Harrison Catering Services Ltd and Whiting and Hammond, and including The British Culinary Federation, Sustainable Restaurants Association, Church of England, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Hospital Caterers Association, National Association of British Market Authorities, National Association of Care Caterers, National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, National Trust, Women’s Institute and TUCO Ltd.

    British Food Fortnight is the annual celebration of the diverse and delicious food that Britain produces. Hundreds of shops, pubs, and restaurants take part every year with special menus and promotions. The event is also an established date on the school calendar, with many schools using it as an opportunity to teach children about food.