GREAT British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain will bake the Queen’s 90th birthday cake, The Sun reports. The monarch will celebrate the milestone with a party at Windsor Castle next Thursday and the TV chef has been tasked with creating the centrepiece. She revealed the news on Loose Women this afternoon, where she admitted she is feeling stressed about the important sponge.
She explained: “A few weeks ago I got an email and then I got a phone call from my agent and then she was like, ‘Yeah it’s true,’ and I was like, ‘Hmm, are you sure? Are you lying?’ [and she was like] ‘No, no. It’s true. It’s happening.’ “I had the option, I could have said no. I kind of went, ‘Yep I’m going to do it! I can’t say no to the Queen, can I?’” Despite the pressure to pull off the perfect bake and wow the British royalty, she revealed she has chosen to avoid a traditional birthday treat.
She said: “I did the worst thing, I Googled all her cakes throughout her years and now I feel even worse because chocolate fingers won’t do. “I opted for no fruitcake and they said that’s fine. We just thought, let’s do a nice simple [one]. “I thought, let’s do something a bit different. I’m doing an orange drizzle with orange curd and orange butter cream, so very citrus-y, and then fondant.
“I have to give it to her on Thursday, myself. I will be at Windsor Castle.” But she added there was a hilarious misunderstanding in her house when she told her daughter the exciting news. She revealed her little girl got confused about the Queen’s identity, believing that Bake Off judge Mary Berry was the British monarch.
She recalled: “I told the kids and the boys were great, they were like ‘Yay!’ so I said ‘Let’s keep it a secret’ – they’re good at keeping secrets now. “And I told my daughter and I said, ‘I’m making a cake for the Queen’ and she said, ‘Mary Berry? You’ve made loads of cakes for Mary Berry!’”
Queen Elizabeth II’s milestone celebration will also be marked with longer drinking hours and a live event in May featuring performances from Kylie Minogue and Andrea Bocelli.