Prince William was in Derby this week to tour the Rolls-Royce factory where he met Great British Bake Off finalist Andrew Smyth.
The talented baker marked the royal visit by combing his two passions, creating a specially-designed cake. The chocolate madeira, vanilla buttercream and Morello cherry creation was in the shape of a jet engine with spinning gingerbread fan blades which brought the delicious delight to life.
Mr Smyth shared with the Duke that it had taken him six hours to assemble the ingenious cake and it was clear Prince William was impressed when he went so far as to say that he would ‘have a word with Mary Berry’ about the GBBO results.
Seeing how the gingerbread fan rotated Prince William said, ‘Ah, you should have won! What’s going on – that’s amazing. I’m going to have a word with Mary. You should have won,’ adding ‘The problem is when you make something as good as this you don’t want to eat it!’
Of his royal meeting, Mr Smyth said, ‘In a way it was more nerve-racking than the Bake Off final. Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry are important customers but they don’t come any bigger than the Royal family.’
During their meeting, Mr Smyth asked Prince William if he was a fan of the beloved British series and the Duke revealed that though he had seen a few episodes he hadn’t seen the most recent series.
When he suggested that Mr Smyth’s co-workers must have benefitted from all the baking going on the talented 25-year-old revealed ‘Yes, there are a lot more demands in the office now to bring in cakes than there used to be – I can’t get away with the Victoria sponge anymore either. People are expecting three-tier towers and things.’
‘You’re a marked man now! The Duke joked before accepting a smaller version of the cake to take home to Kate, George and Charlotte.