Bake Off champ Nadiya Hussein to make the Queen's 90th birthday cake
The Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain (opens in new tab) revealed on ITV's Loose Women today that she's making the Queen's 90th birthday cake.
Nadiya revealed: "When my agent told me, I said: 'Yep, Yep. I'm going to do it.' I had the option to say no. But you can't say no the Queen, can you?"
Nadiya said she'd had to keep the honour secret for a few weeks.
She joked: "I Googled all her cakes throughout her years and now I feel even worse because chocolate fingers won't do!"
She added: "I opted for no fruit cake and the Palace said that's fine. I thought, let's do something different, [so] I'm doing an Orange Drizzle with orange curd and orange butter cream and fondant icing.
"I have to present it to her myself on Thursday at a party. I'm so nervous!"
Nadia told her daughter she was making a cake for the Queen, and she said: "Mary Berry? You've made a cake for her…"
Nadiya was a supremely popular winner of The Great British Bake Off last October. (opens in new tab)
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