Stamford schoolgirl reaches final five of nationwide Waitrose competition to design a cake for the Queen’s 90th birthday

Tilly Chisholm'Photo: Fiona Hanson EMN-160404-132503001
Tilly Chisholm'Photo: Fiona Hanson EMN-160404-132503001

A schoolgirl from Stamford has been selected as finalist in a nationwide competition to design a birthday cake to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and be sold in supermarkets.

Budding designers were asked by Waitrose to create and design the retailer’s official cake to celebrate the historic occasion, with hundreds of entrants narrowed down to just five finalists from across the UK.

Tilly Chisholm, from Stamford, was among the five finalists who were invited to meet the judges at the final stage of the competition at the Waitrose Cookery School in King’s Cross.

The cake designs were judged by a panel including Fiona Cairns, who baked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake and trained as a pastry chef at Hambleton Hall; and Great British Bake Off finalist and young baker herself Martha Collison.

The wide range of illustrations and creativity of the finalists impressed the panel, with Tilly’s design incorporates a gorgeous bejewelled gold crown, the Queen’s initials and a simple red balloon on the cake.

Tilly said: “My year was asked by our teacher to draw a design for the cake for the Queen. When I was told that my drawing had been picked in the top five of the whole competition I couldn’t believe it and I’m so excited to tell the rest of my class!”

The striking elements of Tilly’s design stood out to the judges when picking the finalists, in particular the little red balloon, which Tilly included as she felt no birthday was complete without a balloon.

The competition launched in September and the winner will be announced shortly before the winning cake goes on sale on April 20 – the day before The Queen’s Birthday and will be priced at £10.

The winning design will be recreated by Fiona Cairns and will top a Waitrose fruit cake, made by Scottish bakery, Walkers.