The Great British Bake-Off has been described as the most “quintessentially British” television show and has amassed fans all over the world, and apparently it has some fans in very high places, because winner Nadiya Hussain revealed this week that she’s been asked to bake the queen’s 90th birthday cake.
The 31-year-old mother of three has been one of the show’s most popular contestants and has an army of fans online who call themselves “Nadiyators.” She says she learned basic cooking skills at school, and then taught herself to bake using cookbooks and YouTube videos. Once she was on the show, however, her skills were obvious and she wound up winning the whole thing.
Still, she was not expecting to bake for the queen. According to The Daily Mail, Hussain said she thought the request was a joke when she first received a request to bake Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday cake. Once the request was verified by her agent, she was stunned. She says she was so nervous she couldn’t even look at an oven.
“Chocolate fingers won’t do,” she said.
Hussain will reportedly be baking an orange drizzle cake with orange curd and orange buttercream, which she will deliver in person on Thursday.