(Warning Americans! This post contains spoilers for the 6th series of GBBO, which PBS has not seen fit to air over here yet. I had assumed that by now they would be airing GBBO Series 6 under the artifice of Great British Baking Show Season 3, since they seem to be determined to run them all out of order. But though the show is one of the more startling popular pieces they’ve gotten from British television since Downton Abbey, somehow that hasn’t happened yet. So for those who haven’t seen it, the following is a spoiler for who wins. )
You may have heard, it’s the Queen’s 90th birthday today, and the UK is in a bit of a tizzy over it, as one does over a figurehead leader who has risen in popularity over the last decade simply due to the fact that she keeps on living. The BBC has been airing specials, BBC America will reair them after a respectable delay, everyone will remind us that she has no not only outlived Queen Victoria, but outreigned her too, and a very few cross people will remind us that when she finally goes, we’ll all be stuck with Charles.
But until then, we have my personal delightful factoid from this year’s celebrations. Someone in the palace has been paying attention to popular culture and making sure the royal family is regularly exhibiting the common touch. Last time it was posting pictures of the queen taking a selfie with her grandchildren. (Her phone case has corgis on it. Whoever came up with *that* should get a raise.) This time, it’s having the current, and so far, most beloved winner of The Great British Bake Off make the Queen’s official birthday cake.
Nadiya Hussain, the reigning GBBO champion, recently revealed in an interview with Loose Women that she was the one chosen the bake the Queen’s cake.
I love how she wanted to make sure it wasn’t one of those terrible fondant layered monstrosities that look like they would require a bandsaw to go though, instead opting for the far more relatable orange drizzle with buttercream.
“I’m so nervous to even look at the oven right now,” she said. “I could have said no… I kind of went, ‘Yep, yep, I’m gonna do it. I can’t say no to the Queen, can I?’”
And from the looks of the video the British Monarchy twitter account posted, it went over like gangbusters too.
Happy Birthday, ma’am!