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Blogging Jubliee Baking Competition & Vintage Union Jack Flag Biscuits

Hands up who got excited about the Royal Wedding last year and all the baking that happened as a result?  My hand goes straight up because I certainly did. We hosted a party at our house and I was in my element planning for it and baking lots of gorgeous treats to serve my guests.  Luckily, for us keen bakers there is the Queen’s Jubilee to celebrate this year which means more street parties and family gatherings to bake for. Hip, hip hooray!

In preparation for the Jubilee I started to scan the internet to see what recipes I could find to inspire me and I have to say, I have been disappointed. All I could really find was red, white and blue cupcakes or crown shaped biscuits. That’s all fine, but I was looking for something a bit more original.  So I was thrilled when Appliances Online agreed to sponsor a Jubilee Baking Competition on my blog.

I am looking for any bloggers out there to make their best Jubilee themed cakes and bakes and enter them into my competition so I can create a real treasure trove of inspirational ideas.  I want you to be as creative and unique as you possibly can.  Anything goes!  I shall do a round up post of all the entries when I announce the winner.

The judge for this competition is fellow blogger Vanessa Kimbell.  Vanessa is quite an inspiration to me. Her first cookbook ‘Prepped‘ was published 6 months ago, she has her own Sunday morning radio show on BBC Northamptonshire, she runs a ‘pop up’ bakery in her front garden each Saturday with her children and she writes popular blog, ‘ Goddess on a Budget‘.  I know that Vanessa has the perfect eye for judging this kind of competition and I’ve no doubt that she will pick a worthy winner.

The deadline for entries is 3rd June 2012 and one lucky winner will get £100 of Amazon vouchers, provided by Appliances Online. Think of all the lovely baking accessories or cook books you could buy for that!

Competition Rules of Entry 

Main Entry  – Blog post

  • Your Jubilee cake or bake needs to be featured on one of your posts.  Tell your readers that it is for the Homemade by Fleur, Blogging Jubilee Baking Competition with a link to this post  (http://wp.me/p1UMex-o3) which tells them all about it
  • You also need to mention that Appliances Online are sponsoring the competition and include this link (http://www.appliancesonline.co.uk/cookers/cookers.aspx) within the post
  • Copy and paste the competition badge below and include in your blog post

  • Add Homemade by Fleur as a tag on your post / page that you are submitting
  • I would love you to sign up to follow my blog to find out the results and of course to see the entrants and winner, but this is not compulsory


  • Feel free to like the Homemade By Fleur page and share it with others to get into the Jubilee spirit


  • Follow me on twitter for competition updates @homemadebyfleur
  • Post your entry on twitter mentioning me @homemadebyfleur and adding #jubileebakingcompetition
  • I will retweet you and your post when I see it

General Rules

  • Make anything bake or cake that you wish as long as you feel it links to the Jubilee theme and have explained this in your post
  • Please email your photographs (no more than 2) and a link to your post to [email protected]
  • In that email please also include your name, although I will be listing entries by blog name on the round up
  • The deadline is 3rd June 2012 
  • The winner will be announced a few days after the deadline, so keep you eye out!
  • The judges decision is final

Vintage Jubilee Flag Biscuits

To get you all in the mood, I have come up with a Jubilee themed bake of my own.  I had a lot of fun making these but the best bit was taking the photos of them on Hove beach in Sussex.  I was down there last weekend and along with all the paraphernalia needed for 3 children when planning a day trip to the beach, I packed my biscuits, the mini bucket and spade (pre-filled with sand from our sandpit as I knew Hove beach had pebbles) and my camera.  My husband rolled his eyes more than once as I took ages to find the right box to transport the biscuits as we were trying to get out of the door.  I’m sure you can picture the scene.  But it was all worth it as I love the pictures and the weather was amazing.  It has turned out to be the only sunny day in the last 2 weeks, so I was very lucky.  It’s a reminder in amongst all the rain that we do have some beautiful days here in England.

I used the Irresistible Chocolate Biscuit recipe from pg 183 of my new aptly named ‘Biscuit’ cookbook written by GBBO finalist from series 1 Miranda Gore Browne.  It’s a great book by the way, and if you are partial to the odd biscuit or two this is definitely one to put on your birthday list. But there are plenty of other cookbooks and online recipes for a basic chocolate biscuit.  You will probably find one in a book you already have.  What you are looking for is one that creates a biscuit dough that you can roll out and use cutter on.

What you will need:

  • 8-10 rectangle chocolate biscuits
  • Some royal icing (I used  250g (half a pack) of the royal icing sugar mixed with water and it was enough)
  • Approx 100g white fondant icing
  • Red and blue food colour (I used my new India Tree natural food colouring for these and thought they were great)
  • Pencil (not too sharp) ruler and greaseproof paper
  • 4 icing containers/bottles or bags
  • 4 icing tips, I used 2 x PME 2 tips  for the piping icing and 2 x PME 4 tips for the flood icing
  • 8-10 Lollipop sticks

How to make:

  • The first thing I did was draw around the rectangle cookie cutter I used to make the biscuits onto greaseproof paper and cut it out.  I then drew on the central cross from the Union Jack followed by the rest of the flag, but but I found that I only really needed the central cross as a guide and the rest of the flag I did freehand
  • Next I made my royal icing.  Follow the back of the pack with regards to the amount of water needed.  Aim to have it fairly stiff, but soft enough to pass through a PME 2 icing tip and holds its shape with out any problems
  • Divide icing into 4 small bowls.  Put two bowls aside then add a little bit more water to the remaining two bowls.  You are aiming for the consistency of custard.  This is your flood icing and is what you will use to ‘colour in’ your flag.  The other two bowls contain your piping icing which is what you will use to pipe the flag pattern onto your biscuit
  • Colour 1 piping and 1 flood icing red/pink and 1 piping and 1 flood icing blue then fill the piping icing into the icing bottles or bags that have the PME 2 tip and the flood icing into the icing bottles or bags with the PME 4 tip
  • Roll out your fondant icing (not too thick) and use your rectangle cookie cutter again to cut out rectangles of fondant and stick these onto your biscuits with a little bit of royal icing (I just scraped out the last bits from the bowl I mixed my royal icing in to do this)

Icing your biscuit step by step

  1.  Take your greaseproof paper flag and place on top of the fondant.  Use your not too sharp pencil to imprint the central Union Jack cross onto the fondant
  2. Pipe the pink/red central cross onto the fondant and then add the 4 diagonal lines that come out from the centre of the flag using the PME 2 tip and piping icing
  3. Now add the blue triangles onto the flag using the PME 2 tip and piping icing
  4. Fill in the cross and diagonal strips with pink/red flood icing and the blue triangles with blue flood icing using the PME 4 tip
  5. Leave your biscuits to dry for a couple of hours then stick your lollipop stick on the back with any remaining royal icing and leave to dry over night


  • Cover your royal icing with a clean damp j cloth to stop it from drying out at any point
  • Don’t cut your biscuits too thick.  I think I did mine too thick, and consequently they were a bit on the heavy side as it was tricky getting the lollipop sticks to hold
  • Sticking these in a bucket is a great idea for a centrepiece at your Jubilee party but these flags can decorate cakes, desserts, or if making mini ones, you could use as cupcake toppers
  • To make mini flags all you need to do is make smaller flags.  You could use the thinner wooden coffee stirrer as the flag pole instead of a lollipop stick giving you the perfect excuse to go for a coffee.  See how Maision Cupcake has used them here 


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  1. sweetphilosopherApril 27, 2012 at 10:49 amReply

    These Biscuits are super cute – and i love the idea of the competition. I will be putting on my thinking cap to come up with something for this one. Thank you I am excited to see all the entries! x

    • Homemade By FleurApril 27, 2012 at 11:27 amReplyAuthor

      Excellent! Look forward to seeing what you come up with :-)

  2. Caroline from Caroline MakesApril 27, 2012 at 2:11 pmReply

    I don’t suppose you can make the deadline any later? I’m planning a jubilee cake but on June 3rd, so won’t be able to enter by May 28th – and I’m not going to make it twice! What a shame…

    • Homemade By FleurApril 27, 2012 at 7:58 pmReplyAuthor

      Deadline changed to the 3rd June just for you :-) Looking forward to seeing you entry.

      • CarolineApril 27, 2012 at 9:01 pmReply

        Really? Wow, that’s so kind! Though I’ve just had a horrible thought, we’re going to see the Jubilee river pageant on the 3rd so actually will be doing the cake for my mum on the 4th! Will you accept a late entry?! Or I could just try to do the cake on Saturday 2nd and tell my mum we’re celebrating her birthday that day :-)

        • Homemade By FleurApril 28, 2012 at 8:09 amReplyAuthor

          Think I need to stick to the 3rd now so if you can bake on the 2nd that would be fab. Don’t forget you have got all day on the 3rd so maybe have the post ready to go and just add photos in the evening. X

  3. aroundtheworldin80bakesApril 28, 2012 at 7:50 amReply

    these look awesome. Such a fantastic idea! I will definitely be baking something jubilee related and entering your brilliant competition :) x

  4. Janice Pattie (@serialcrafter)April 28, 2012 at 7:29 pmReply

    Nice job Fleur. Will have a think.

  5. LindsayApril 30, 2012 at 8:46 amReply

    Ooooh! I think I shall! Am pondering various jubilee related things anyway, so will just have to put them in a post!

    • Homemade By FleurApril 30, 2012 at 12:28 pmReplyAuthor

      That would be great. I’m very excited about putting everyone’s entries together.

  6. cakebouleApril 30, 2012 at 9:16 pmReply

    Good luck with the competition – love the biscuits by the way! On jubilee I will be in VW campervan with no oven and taking a break from baking! However I do have to put up with men/boys so will need lots of wine I think. It will be interestingto see what everyone comes up with!

  7. bakingaddictMay 7, 2012 at 12:16 amReply

    Sounds like a great competition! I was away last year during the Royal Wedding so missed all the festivities but plan to attend street parties this year and bake a few Jubilee themed bakes. I made one last night :) How many entries are we allowed? I have quite a few planned :) Love your Jubilee biscuits!!

    • Homemade By FleurMay 7, 2012 at 9:45 pmReplyAuthor

      Yay!! Can’t wait to see what you have come up with. You can have as many entries as you like as long as they are on different blog posts.

  8. whatkatebakedMay 9, 2012 at 8:19 pmReply

    What a crackin’ competition Fleur! My thinking cap is well and truly on and I can’t wait to get baking! Thank you for hosting! PS: brilliant biccies!

    • Homemade By FleurMay 10, 2012 at 11:40 amReplyAuthor

      Thanks Kate. It’s fab to have such a good reason to be creative and bake with a theme. I’ve been loving all the Jubilee baking opportunities :)

  9. laura@howtocookgoodfoodMay 10, 2012 at 6:40 pmReply

    Hi Fleur, thanks for sending me the link to your Jubilee competition. It is definitely one I would love to enter and I must admit I do have an idea in mind for it!
    Your photos are making me wish for the sun especially as I’m going with to Devon for half term with my husband and children. Hope for sunnier times and baking fun for Jubilee weekend.

    • Homemade By FleurMay 10, 2012 at 7:02 pmReplyAuthor

      It would be so nice if the weather cheered up for the bank holiday and half term. A week in Devon would be perfect with a spot of sunshine. Got my fingers crossed. Looking forward to seeing your Jubilee baking ideas. It’s such a fab motivation to get creative with baking I think. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

  10. Ren BehanMay 29, 2012 at 8:27 amReply

    Great idea – am excited to have entered with my cupcakes! Can’t wait for the round up! x

  11. BeckyJune 3, 2012 at 8:14 amReply

    I have had fun with my cupcake recipe and I hope you do to! http://mintcustard.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/jubilee-mr-whippy-cupcakes/ Thanks for hosting this too.

  12. JaniceJune 3, 2012 at 1:48 pmReply

    Yay, just squeaking in on the final day, my blog post is up and I’ve emailed you the details.

    Looking forward to seeing the Jubilee baking extravaganza

    • FleurJune 3, 2012 at 10:50 pmReplyAuthor

      Well done!! That month has gone pretty quickly I think! Got to get on with the right up now :)

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