Cakes & Bakes

A Right Royal Round Up

Well, when I came up with the idea of running a bloggers Jubilee baking competition I hoped that I might get enough entries to make double figures, but I would never have predicted such an incredible response. I had no less than 44 entries all of which are suitably regal and examples of amazing creativity. I LOVED receiving all of the entries. They put a smile on my face pretty much every day that this competition has been running. Thank you so much to everyone for taking part.

The lovely Vanessa Kimbell who is judging this competition will be taking a look at this round up and letting me know in the next couple of days who she picks as winner.  I will then announce who has won in a special blog post next weekend, so watch this space…

Before we start, I might suggest that you grab a cup of tea or coffee and maybe a slice of cake (it’s got to be done) before you settle down and enjoy the wonderful selection below.  You could be here for some time.

First up is Olivia from Liv a Little Bakery who entered the cutest little toy solider biscuits I have ever seen.  My girls would snap those up in an instant.  Having made a few iced biscuits myself I know how much work is involved in making something like this.

Next was Chintal from Sweetcreationz cakes and bakes who made some gorgeous chocolate Jubilee cupcakes with the added surprise of a strawberry baked inside each one.  Chocolate and strawberry are a great combination so I’m sure these did not last long in Chintal’s house.
Helen from Fuss Free Flavours submitted two fantastic entries.  The first was red, white, and blue madeleines.  I loved the look of these dinky little treats.  Although I think they are probably far too easy to keep popping ‘just one more’ in.  They also appealed to the mother in me as there was not a E number in site.
Helen’s second entry was the rather incredible Union Jack Jelly Belly cake.  I found it hard not to lick my computer when I saw this.  I LOVE Jelly Bellies.  Helen tells me that it took her 15 mins to work out what to put where and 30 mins to create the pattern.  It looks near to perfect to me.  She must have a very steady hand.
Adia from Sniff and Snort blog sent over with gorgeous vintage style Jubilee cake.  I love how the cake is different from the red, white and blue theme, but still in my opinion looks fit for a queen.
Ros who writes More than the Occasional Baker blog has astounded me in the level of her Jubilee baking by sending me 4 fantastic entries.  All I can say is that she must have been dreaming Jubilee bakes to come up with that many original ideas.  I’m sure all her friends and family have been very grateful for all the Jubilee cakes that have been coming their way recently. And here they are:
Jubilee mini cakes which are just the cutest little cakes.
Hamburger Cupcakes that look just like a hamburger!
And finally, Jubilee rose cupcakes,
Another keen Jubilee baker Elaine who writes Fun as a Gran blog.  Elaine introduced me to her blog by entering this competition and have to say I have really enjoyed reading her posts.  She makes me smile.
Her first entry was some Jubilee bread!  This looks great fun to make and would certainly be a talking point at any Jubilee party.
Elaine’s second entry was a fab blog post describing her adventures when making Jubilee biscuits.  The first attempt did not go to plan, but Elaine gave them a second go and this fab London bus was the result.
The final entry was entitled ‘Crowning Glory‘ which was this amazing multi-coloured meringue.
Next up was Gem from Cupcake Crazy Gem, who entered these fun Pimm’s cupcakes with mint and cucumber frosting! Sounds interesting but after a few Pimm’s over the weekend I’m really keen to try these out.  I bet they taste super.
This next entry was from the lovely Laura from Laura Loves Cakes.  She had been promising me an entry for a few weeks before she sent me this one, and I’m sure you will agree, she certainly did not disappoint.  This wonderful crown cake is simply splendid.
Battenburgs were a popular choice of entry and this Union Jack cake is the first one to showcase.  Sent in from Cafe Retro’s blog, I was very impressed with how perfect the Union Jack looks inside the cake.
Angela from Garden Tea, Cakes and Me blog entered these gorgeous looking purple and gold cupcakes.  I adore the purple and gold colours together.
Another blog that I had not seen before this competition but love is Fold in the Flour written by Suzie.  There are two entries from Suzie, the first is this amazing Jubilee cake with a blue sugar crown.
The second was these rose berry cupcakes which I thought looked totally scrummy.
Laura from How to Cook Good Food entered these cute mini pavolvas.  I love the fact that these are the perfect size for popping in your mouth all at once. No mess, job done!
I’m so pleased that Karen from Lavender and Loveage decided to enter her Victoria scones because you just can’t beat a scone with jam and clotted cream if you are after a British treat. I shall be making these very soon indeed.
These adorable lemon shortbreads with raspberry cream sent in by Laura from Aga Girls blog look amazing to me.  I just love the way she has managed to replicate the official Jubilee logo on the top.
My blog pal Jacqueline at Cakeboule makes the most amazing cakes and has been blogging for a whole year now which is a fantastic achievement, (round of applause). If you follow her blog you will know that she has started a tradition of ‘payday’ cakes which are cakes to make for yourself (and to share if you want) each month to celebrate getting paid and all the work you have done.  This month was white chocolate mousse cake with a raspberry blast secret centre which looks and sounds pretty spectacular.  Perfect for any Jubilee celebrations.
Next is an entry from Ren of Fabulicious Food.  Ren has put together a fantastic selection of ideas for Jubilee cupcake decoration.  All of which look very professional.
Now a Jubilee cake with a difference.  This castle cake from Jude at A Trifle Rushed blog is so sweet.  My favorite part is the two little guards standing either side of the entrance.  I’m glad Jude got to use her castle cake tin again too.
If you wanted something a bit different for the Jubilee, then Working London Mummy came up with a play on the idea of a cup of tea.  This earl grey chocolate mousse with popping candy sugar cubes sounds amazing to me.
Working London Mummy also submitted this yummy looking Jubilee trifle which looks so pretty in the wine glass.
Dom from Belleau Kitchen entered with this lovely blue and red checkerboard cake. Even more impressive given that he only had 24 hours to come up with the idea and bake it.
I was hoping to see some macarons and Rachael from Almost Always Hungry blog did the honors and created these suitable royal brandy snap Jubilee macarons.  How sweet would these look at afternoon tea with the queen?
Lottie, from Lottie’s World of Cakes and Bakes sent in an iced cherry and almond Jubilee cake.  I thought the gold stencil work on the top and the mulitcoloured buttercream roses around the edge looked very effective.
Caroline from Caroline Makes blog sent in two entries.  The first was these adorable corgi cake balls.
And the second was this Jubilee crown cake which Caroline made for her mum’s birthday.  All I can say is that if I get a cake like this from my girls when they are older I would be thrilled to bits.  Loved that the corgis got to sit round the crown too.
Sadia from Baking Elements has also been very busy with her Jubilee baking and sent me in two entries.  The first was this Jubilee battenburg, with a fab Union Jack inside.
Secondly, was this Jubilee crown cake with another super Union Jack inside too.  I am so impressed with patterns made with sponge inside a cake.  My brain is not great at working out what to do with each layer of sponge to get the desired effect, so it’s very nice to be shown how to do it.  Check our Sadia’s blog to see pics of inside her cake.
This next entry of finger sandwich bake from Credit Munched blog is such fun. I think the joke would be on me though as I’m sure I would totally think these were sandwiches.  They look so realistic!
Another fab new blog that I have been introduced to via this competition is Lil Ms Squirrel’s 366 Recipe Challenge. There is a new recipe on there every day!  Very impressive.   For my competition Lil Miss Squirrel entered a fabulous looking Jubilee Lemon, Blueberry and Raspberry Bundt cake.  A bundt cake tin is on my list of things to buy.
So much thought has gone into this next entry.  Kathy from For Cakes Sake blog explains that each of these Jubilee cupcakes depicts a decade of the Queen’s reign so far.  Sounds like they were really fun to make and with a toddler and a 9 week old baby to deal with by day, I’m very impressed that these even got baked let alone decorated with such thought.  Check out Kathy’s blog for a description of what each cake represents.
This next entry made me smile a lot!  Edible spoons, with a Union Jack on!  How fantastic.  Hannah from Corner Cottage Bakery blog certainly knows how to get the wow factor!  I just love the Jubilee cup and saucer too.
Janine from Cake of the Week blog created this colourful strawberry and clotted cream Jubilee cake which I must say looks totally delicious.  Love that she has included strawberries in the sponge as it is such a nice surprise when you cut a slice to see them inside.
I loved the bunting on this next iced Jubilee cake from Lucy at Vanilla Frost blog.  The crown on top is quite something too.  It was created by being shaped around a baked bean tin!  Excellent use of random kitchen objects.
These Jubilee Mr Whippy cupcakes are something else I really must try.  My girls would LOVE them.  Becky from Mint Custard blog added some blue and red colouring to make them suitably patriotic. I think they look fab.
Ruth from Mixing Bowl Magic blog entered these rather unusual cucumber cupcakes with tea icing served in a cup and saucer.  She describes on her blog how she arrived at such an unusual idea and I think they look great, especially with the chocolate crown and spoon on top.
This Jubilee celebration cake is beautiful.  The scattering of flowers with a polka dot ribbon around the bottom is so effective.  Emine from M Bakes blog certainly know how to design a cake.
The classic Victoria sponge has been a popular entry, but it is rather perfect for a Jubilee treat.  Jess from Creative Heights blog sent in her strawberry and blueberry Victoria sponge with a crown on top made out of the fruit and cream to give it a regal finish.
Last, but by no means least, Janice from Farmers Girl blog sent over her Elizabeth sandwich cake which looks so scrummy with the curd, cream and fresh fruit.  Bet that did not last long!
So there we have it! A brilliant selection of Jubilee cake and bakes.  I hope you have had fun browsing through the round up as I have putting it together.  Well done again to everyone who entered, and look out for my blog post next weekend announcing the winner.
With thanks again to Appliances Online for sponsoring this competition and providing the prize.

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  1. FlourVonSpongeJune 6, 2012 at 9:40 amReply

    What a delightful range of yumminess! I hadn’t realised that there have been so many submissions. Well done to all of us.

  2. HannahJune 6, 2012 at 10:42 amReply

    Wow! Just wow! Every entry is utterly stunning!

  3. Karen Burns BoothJune 6, 2012 at 1:31 pmReply

    A PERFECTLY splendid round up thanks Fleur and what a FAB array of bakes too! Karen

  4. Cupcake Crazy GemJune 6, 2012 at 2:40 pmReply

    Wow what a great round up! glad you got so many entries! and I’ve discovered lots of new blogs through it too!

  5. Ren BehanJune 6, 2012 at 2:44 pmReply

    Honestly I don’t know how anyone would be able to judge a winner here. Vanessa has her toughest challenge yet. There are so many amazing entries. Such work and creativity! A great idea for a competition. Thanks for including my cupcakes xx

  6. JaniceJune 6, 2012 at 4:45 pmReply

    Fantastic array of baked goodies. I’m sure HRH herself would be hard pushed to judge which would be the winner.

  7. Elaine LivingstoneJune 6, 2012 at 9:30 pmReply

    what a fab load of entries you got, well done all, and good luck to the judge she has a hard task ahead with many many fab posts. think we all deserve a new Fridge/freezer just for entering!!

  8. KathyJune 6, 2012 at 9:34 pmReply

    Thanks for such lovely words on our entries Fleur. Everyone has done so well, and I can’t wait to try a few of these recipe ideas and investigate the blogs in more detail. I hope everyone had as much fun making their entries as the results suggest. Judging will be near impossible.

  9. Susie @ Fold in the FlourJune 7, 2012 at 9:58 amReply

    Wow, Fleur, this is truly an amazing round up! Definitely the Best of British. There are some fantastic entries here, and Vanessa will definitey have her work cut out for her. Thanks for organising it and for including my entires! :)

  10. FleurJune 7, 2012 at 7:07 pmReplyAuthor

    Thanks for all your comments. I’m so pleased you have enjoyed the round up. All I can say is I’m so pleased I’m not judging.

  11. SolangeJune 7, 2012 at 10:05 pmReply

    Judging these will be mission impossible, this round up is just amazing- great comp

  12. What Kate BakedJune 8, 2012 at 8:35 pmReply

    Wow. Wow. Wow! Thank you for producing such a fantastic round up! Such a great selection of treats!

  13. Laura@howtocookgoodfoodJune 9, 2012 at 9:37 pmReply

    Sorry I am so late looking at this wonderful round up but I have just got back from holiday. What a beautiful collection of Jubilee inspired goodies. You must have been thrilled with the results!
    Thanks for being such a great host and I loved reading your round up very much :) x

  14. cakebouleJune 10, 2012 at 5:42 pmReply

    Oh my what ana amazing display of edible jubilee goodies! So many enteries too – well done you – I am glad you had help as I would not have been able to decide!

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