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Cake for The Queen 2016 - results!

Cake for The Queen 2016 - results!

The 2016 Love British Food Cake for The Queen competition set imaginations alight at schools and youth groups across the land.       

Children were challenged to research a cake recipe with a healthy twist, and where possible to use local ingredients.   The children then had to bake and decorate a cake in a manner fit for The Queen, and share and eat the cake at a celebration for the class, the whole school or the wider community. 

We received over 90 entries and every single one was imaginative, well researched and brilliantly executed.   Designs included corgies, Landrovers, horses, hats, union flags and castles and ingredients included carrot, beetroot, honey, strawberries, blueberries, local eggs and butter, and even cheese!  

The judges had a very difficult job choosing the winning entries and all of the wonderful cakes can be viewed on our Flickr account


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


The Winner:

Chiddingstone Primary School, Kent

"The Queen’s 90th Garden Party at Buckingham Palace" 

Carrot, apple and honey cake with home grown carrots, Kentish apples and Chloe’s honey.

  • The cake was scaled up to feed the whole school plus parents and guests and included a whopping 36 eggs from local chickens, 16 carrots grown in the school allotment, and 12 Kentish apples.
  • 120 models were hand-made and included flowers, decorations and gifts that The Queen has been given through the years, including an elephant!
  • A party was held for pupils, parents and a special invitation for Granny Pocock who comes in to read and sew with the children and is also going to be 90 later this year.   She was given a throne and dressed up as the school Queen!

What the Judges Loved:

The Judges were impressed with the huge amount of research that went into forming the recipe which represented the produce grown in the county of Kent, and then how it was scaled up to make one enormous cake for everyone to share.   Also the research into the Royal Family and the Queen's gifts and how every child was included and able to make a cake decoration - the detail is quite incredible!  The Judges also thought that the party sounded great fun and would like to wish Granny Pocock a very Happy 90th Birthday too! 



The Runner Up:

Lumley Infant & Nursery School, County Durham

 Union Jack Cupcake Display (sugar free vanilla sponge)
                and Three Tier Centrepiece (cinnamon and raisin, coconut and pineapple, 
black bean, dark chocolate and orange)

  • For the Union Jack Cupcake display every child drew a picture for the Queen. This picture was scanned into the computer and printed onto edible rice paper, then put into home made frames made out of fondant. The frames were be red, white and blue and were placed into a Union Jack formation. 
  • There were different themes and recipes for each tier of the Three Tier Centrepiece.
  • Local businesses donated a cake stand, a large board for displaying the cupcakes and an edible ink printer.
  • The school hosted a heritage week where the children learned all about Queen Elizabeth II, a party for families and involved their partner school in Uganda by Skype.

What the Judges Loved:

The Judges were again very impressed with the effort that went into background research about both the Royal Family and the recipes.   They liked the way that every child was involved in designing and making their own cup cake and the way that local businesses were involved. Telling the children in Uganda all about the Queen and the cake was a lovely touch too.



Highly Commended:

The following schools are Highly Commended and will be included, alongside the winner and runner up, in a collage which will be presented to Her Majesty The Queen to commemorate the occasion.  The judges were extremely impressed with the thought, time, dedication and baking and artistic skills which went into these entries:

Hatton Academy, Northamptonshire - an impressive 9 tiered cake each with a different flavour and theme.

Ringwood School, Hampshire - excellent research of local businesses to source ingredients and a professional looking cake.  Recipe selected with the help of local elderly residents.


The Oval Primary School, Birmingham - impressive range of cakes - the result of an enormous amount of research effort by the whole school.

The Thorners CE VA Primary School, Dorset - a clever cake made of cheese layers and a rich fruit cake, made with the help of Ford Farm.   Watch the video:



Abbeys Primary School, Milton Keynes - a three levelled cake "The Queens Life in A Slice", depicting the different eras of the Queen's rein.

Hawarden High School, Flintshire, North Wales - a three tiered cake decorated with poppies on one side and the other left plain so that a patriotic shadow show could be projected onto it.  Watch the show:



The Judges also particularly loved entries from the following schools and organisations:

  • Bathwick St Marys Primary, Bath
  • Boughton Leigh Junior School, Warwickshire
  • Bay House School, Hampshire
  • Freemantle Church of England Community Academy, Hampshire
  • Harrogate Ladies' College, North Yorkshire
  • New Eccles Hall School, Norfolk
  • Parkfields School, Bedfordshire
  • Ribblesdale High School, Lancashire
  • St Peters Eaton Square, London
  • West Acton Primary School, London
  • West Leigh Junior School, Essex
  • Aldenham Prep School, Hertfordshire
  • Bridgewater School, Somerset
  • Llanfihangel Rhydithon CP School, Wales
  • Milton Infant School, Wales
  • Nova Hreod Academy, Wiltshire
  • Royal Hospital School, Suffolk
  • Royal Docks Community School, London
  • Brooke Weston Academy, Northamptonshire
  • Easington Church of England School, County Durham
  • Kensington Primary School, London


Click here for background, entry details and the inspiration behind the competition

Read the launch article on the Telegraph website


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