To celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne, her majesty will be celebrated by 3,120 little cakes being placed together to form a cake portrait. This will be the larger version of the cake, with a smaller version of the portrait being made with only 500 cakes.
Both will be presented during a festival in Battersea Park, south-west London, on June 3rd. The minds behind the interesting tribute is German born baker Gerhard Jenne from Konditor & Cook. Jenne said that he was looking to create a digital portrait of the Queen, to celebrate the digital age.
Diamond shaped biscuits
The cakes are being made using lemon Victoria sponge which will be covered with apricot jam, marzipan and icing. It will be framed using fruit cake that will be decorated with diamond shaped biscuits.
In total 1,000 eggs, 52kg of butter, 150 bags of sugar, as well as 36kg of marzipan will be used. It will cover nine square metres when it finally gets finished and laid out. Those celebrating the Jubilee at the Battersea festival will be able to purchase one of the cakes from the portrait. Any profits that will be made will be given to charity.
The Diamond Jubilee river pageant will sail past Unilever offices close to Blackfriars Bridge, allowing employees of the company to enjoy one of the best views of from their rooftop terrace. They will be taking advantage of the Queen’s 60th anniversary by releasing a product being called Ma’amite.
The company, who made profits of £4 billion last year, have stated that they will not be providing any financial help to the event taking place on the Thames. They are one of many blue-chip firms who have refused to ease any of the £10.5 million burden of hosting the event, which is set to be attended by every Royal family member.
A spokesman for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation have said that it is a shame to see that these companies do not feel the need to contribute to the celebrations, even though many of them will be hosting their own corporate events on the river on the same day.
The implication of this has been that the responsibility of fundraising the event has had to be met by private individuals from the UK and from other countries around the world. It is these benefactors who have kept fund-raising on the right lines.