STORY: National Doughnut Week creators reveal royal creation
To celebrate the Queen’s forthcoming Platinum Jubilee the team behind National Doughnut Week has recreated the very crown that Queen Elizabeth II wore during her coronation on 2 June 1953, made entirely from doughnuts.
National Doughnut Week and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are two of the biggest events to happen in the UK this year, with the former underway and running until 15 May 2022.
The Saint Edward crown is named after Saint Edward the Confessor and has been traditionally used to crown English and British monarchs at their coronations since the 13th Century.
The most important of all the Crown Jewels, the Saint Edward Crown is solid gold and weighs 2040g. It was made in 1661 for the coronation of Charles II, after the previous medieval crown was melted down by Parliamentarians in 1649 during the Civil War.
Food artist Jacqui Kelly created the special dougnut Crown over a period of four days at a secret location using specially made jam and custard doughnuts from Dunn’s Bakery in Crouch End, London.
They were hand painted using edible gold leaf and parma violet royal icing and the exquisite jewels were made using sugar candy and the finishing touches enhanced by the stunning Fleur de lis, made from marshmallow sugar paste, hand cast candy and jellied ‘diamonds’.
The Crown is currently on show at the bakery for all to see during National Doughnut Week.
“The ‘Dough-bilee’ Crown for National Doughnut Week is definitely a unique creation to help celebrate the forthcoming jubilee," says Cristiana Ballarini, spokesperson from CSM Ingredients, sponsors of the week.
"We wanted to create something a little bit different and using one of the UK’s most popular treats certainly fits the bill. We just hope that her Majesty and the rest of the royal family likes it and gives it their royal seal of approval.”
All the funds raised through the week from bakers, cafes, delis and businesses selling doughnuts go directly to The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.
Information can be found here - http://www.nationaldoughnutweek.org/.
(IMAGE: ANT UPTON)