How does it feel to be the baker for a queen? 31-year old Nadiya Hussain would know, for it is she who baked the cake ordered for the 90th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II on April 21. Nadiya was commissioned by Buckingham Palace to bake the cake as part of the queen’s birthday celebrations. Hussain baked a three-tier orange drizzle cake with orange curd, orange butter cream and marmalade.
Nadiya was present at the celebrations and could get two minutes with the Queen. Talking about what it was like to meet the monarch, she admitted, “I only got two minutes with her but I thought in those two minutes she’s really nice.”
Hussain’s cake, which was presented to The Queen live on television during her 90th birthday celebrations last week, was met with mixed review from the public on Twitter. “Disappointed with Nadiya’s cake.. Wonky, iced terribly and just plain boring. Not fit for the queen at all! #Queenat90,” wrote one person.
However, unperturbed by the negative reaction Hussain said that she “Simple doesn’t care and if she did, she’d never step out of the house!”
Nadiya shot into fame last year when she won the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off, an immensely popular TV show on BBC. The final was watched by over 15 million viewers and made Nadiya a household name in UK with a large following on social media.
Nadiya was born in Luton to migrants from Bangladesh who came to Britain seeking a better life. She attended Challney High School for Girls near her home, where she first discovered the joys of baking. She went on to Luton Sixth Form College, and in 2003 gained her A levels in English language, psychology and religious studies. At the time of The Great British Bake Off, she was a full-time mum living in Leeds with her husband and three children.
Life has changed for Nadiya after winning the TV show. Since the award, she has been writing a weekly column for The Times Magazine as well as a monthly column in Essentials Magazine. She has also been signed to do her debut book featuring both cooking and baking recipes. She has also been commissioned for a BBC One travel cookery show called The Chronicles of Nadiya, in which she travels to Bangladesh to trace her culinary roots. Patrick Holland, who commissioned the forthcoming show said in a statement, “Nadiya’s story on ‘Bake Off’ touched the hearts of the nation. We are delighted that she will be using her cooking skills to take us on a journey to such an extraordinary and changing land.”