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The Platinum Pudding is….a trifle fit for The Queen


The Platinum Pudding (BBC still/ fair use)

The Platinum Pudding has been revealed. A lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle created by Jemma Melvin was revealed as the winner of the contest to find a sweet treat fit for The Queen.

The pudding pick was revealed by the Duchess of Cornwall on BBC One in a special programme on May 12th 2022. The Duchess is patron of the Big Lunch which helped organise the contest along with Fortnum and Mason.

Viewers saw judges deliberate between five finalists before choosing their winner.

As she announced the winner, Camilla described all the entries as ”fantastic” and said ”it must be wonderful for all of you to have reached the final.”

Jemma Melvin, 31 and from Southport, said ”I have to tell my grandma first, she is the person who taught me to bake and I’m so excited to tell her. She’s going to be so proud.”

Among the judges making this rather regal decision were Dame Mary Berry, Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace Head Pastry Chef, Mark Flanagan.

Jemma Melvin’s win follows months of competition. The search for a Jubilee pudding began at the start of 2022 and almost 5,000 people sent in recipes.

The contest was looking for a dessert that was full of flavour but is also easy enough to be created by home cooks everywhere for the Platinum Jubilee.

The recipe will be shared across the nation and any profits from the pud will be donated to charity. Everyone organising street parties and Jubilee celebrations is being encouraged to include the Platinum Pudding in their festivities.

The other entries included a passion fruit and thyme frangipane tart, a four nations pudding, a rose falooda cake and a crown shaped Bundt cake with Dubonnet jam.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton, a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. June has been a reporter, producer and editor, picking up several awards over the years. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.