Let Them Eat Cake: Care Home Creates Novelty Cake for The Queen


maria mallaband care group-care industry newsA Senior Carer at a Cramlington care home teamed up with residents to create a stunning ‘birthday’ cake to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday.

Susan Hooper, a Senior Carer at Astor Court care home, and residents at the home created a cake that was truly fit for royalty with their Buckingham Palace-themed birthday cake, complete with working lights and even a Beefeater guard walking Her Majesty’s Corgis outside the front of the palace.

Their creation was composed of sections of different cake types; a Madeira, traditional rich fruit cake and sponge cake, so that it could cater for everyone’s personal preference.

Residents helped to mix the cake batter and added the finishing details to the cake, including helping to position and stick the palace’s (108!) windows into place.

As a special ‘showstopper’ the cake had small lights installed so that the palace could be lit up on an evening.

The cake was used as the centrepiece at Astor Court’s ‘Royal Street Party’ that they held in honour of The Queen’s 90th birthday. They’ve since entered the cake into Unilever’s Novelty 90th Birthday Cake Challenge and are waiting to hear if they are shortlisted for the finals, which will be announced on 12th August.

Activities Coordinator at Astor Court Richard Dobinson, 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 centre piece at our street party celebrations and was a great talking point for everyone at the home.”


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