It's officially the Jubilee Weekend!
To quote the National Anthem, how very happy and glorious.
I for one am very excited.
And while I'll be decorating our kitchen (and various cakes of course) with blue and red sprinkles and food colourings, the Queen will of course be enjoying an action packed weekend of celebration.
And no doubt the guests joining her (Head's of Faraway Commonwealth States/Minor Members of the Royal Family etc) are thinking right now 'what on earth do we buy the person who has absolutely everything for her Diamond Jubilee? I mean, absolutely everything- palaces, thrones, crowns, swans- everything!'
Well, minds at ease Head's of Faraway Commonwealth States/Minor Members of the Royal Family etc, for here is the What Kate Baked guide to Jubilee Gems to buy Her Majesty:
1) As someone who lives in no less than six palaces and visits numerous other abodes, occasionally one might get a little confused. This 'Queenie's Home' door mat would be the perfect little reminder of where one is.
2) While I can't imagine Elizabeth II has a mobile phone...but imagine if she did! And if she texted! Like this!
'Harry!! OMG! What did u look like in the blue boots? LOL!!!'
... she may like a Union Jack phone, which would look spiffing in any one of the aforementioned six palaces
3) Sure to curry favour, how about a Jubilee doggy hoody for the corgis? Three different colours, one each for Willow, Monty and Holly!
Jammy Jubilee Fairy Cakes
For the cakes:
110g softened butter
110g caster sugar
2 medium eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g sifted self raising flour
1 tbsp milk
6 tsp jam
For the buttercream icing
70g softened butter
140g sifted icing sugar
Splash of milk
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Line a 12 hole fairy cake tin with papercases
2. In a bowl beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten egg and beat gently until combined. Stir in the vanilla extract
3. Fold in the flour. Add in the milk, stir in very gently and spoon into the paper cases
4. Bake for approximately 15 minutes until golden brown in colour or a skewer inserted into the centres of the cakes comes out clean
5. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, carve out the centre of each cake and drop half a teaspoon of jam into the middle. Place the carved out top back on the cakes
6. To make to icing: Beat the butter until nice and soft. Add in the icing sugar and milk gradually, beating well until combined.
7. Pipe or spoon the buttercream icing on top of the fairy cakes and decorate with a jubilee decoration
- These are super straightforward to make and perfect little bites for any Jubilee celebration or street party
- I used Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam, a firm favourite, but any jam or curd will be just lovely
- The fairy cakes can be frozen uniced and should be eaten within 48 hours
- I picked up the decorations from Waitrose and look, they have mini British telephone box decorations!