THE Queen turns 94 today, and while she won’t be celebrating with a party, she is likely to be sticking to one tradition.
According to Her Majesty’s former chef Darren McGrady, the “chocoholic” monarch has the same birthday cake every year.
In his 11 years working at the palace Darren says that the Queen had the same chocolate genoise birthday cake with a ganache topping every year.
Speaking to Delish, the chef revealed that the recipe dated back over 100 years having been developed by Queen Victoria’s chef Gabriel Tschumi.
It has since become the cake that every member of the royal family has on their birthday, with the Queen thought to be a particularly big fan.
But while the cake is rich in chocolate, it is rather simple when it comes to decoration with a simple “Happy Birthday” piped in white on a chocolate plaque.
Darren said: “What always surprised me was that we never put candles on the cake and we never wrote ‘happy birthday Your Majesty’, ‘happy birthday Queenie’, ‘happy birthday Liz.’
“We just wrote happy birthday on there.”
He added: “The Queen only takes a really really small slice and it would take her all week to eat through this cake and there’d still be some left to send down to the servants.”
And it is a good thing that the Queen has the staff to share it with as Darren says that her birthday is often a low key one.
“Most of the time the Queen celebrates on her own or just with Prince Philip or just with a lady-in-waiting or a friend” he added.
It seems that the Queen has more than one sweet treat to look forward to this year with the Royal Family sharing a snap of some very posh cupcakes made for Her Maj.
Photos of the elegant bakes were shared on the Queen’s official Instagram along with the recipe (see below.)
The caption read: “Happy birthday to Her Majesty! To celebrate The Queen’s birthday we are sharing a chocolate cupcake recipe from The Royal Pastry Chefs.
“If you or a loved one are celebrating a special occasion during isolation why not treat yourself to some #RoyalBakes? Remember to share your creations with us!”