A cake fit for a queen

Susan Hooper, senior carer at Astor Court care home, Cramlington, with the Buckingham Palace-themed cake.
Susan Hooper, senior carer at Astor Court care home, Cramlington, with the Buckingham Palace-themed cake.

A care home has created a cake fit for a queen.

Senior carer Susan Hooper and residents at Astor Court care home in Cramlington made a Buckingham Palace-themed confection to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, complete with working lights and even a Beefeater walking the corgis at the front of the palace.

Residents helped to mix the cake batter and added the finishing touches, including helping to position and stick the palace’s 108 windows in place.

The cake was used as the centrepiece at Astor Court’s street party and has since been entered into Unilever’s Novelty 90th Birthday Cake Challenge. Residents are waiting to hear if they are shortlisted for the finals, which will be announced on August 12.

Every care home that makes the shortlist will receive a pair of tickets for the Cake and Bake Show in Manchester or London and will have their marvellous cake creation published in Unilever’s Art of Care Home Baking book.

Richard Dobinson, activities coordinator at Astor Court, said: “The cake that Susan and our residents created was absolutely incredible. I’m sure The Queen herself would have been delighted with it! It made a stunning centrepiece at our street party celebrations and was a great talking point for everyone at the home.”