It is not long until the Diamond Jubilee and the Queen will have been on the throne for 60 years. This provided me with a good excuse to bake a cake. I really wanted to do something very fancy but I was not sure that my skills were up to it. I dream of being able to make a dragon cake one day (not that dragons have anything to do with the Jubilee but I think a dragon cake would be completely amazing.)
I decided to make a simple lemon flavoured cupcake and then get fancy with the decoration. I freely admit to not being the most artistic person in the world, but luckily there is a fabulous range of pre-rolled icing and cake decorations which even I can use. I decided the design would include a union jack and a little diamond to mark the Jubilee. We had a bit of a flag production line going on in the kitchen at one point, with my son rolling and cutting out the icing and me making the flags. It was fun and a nice way to spend an afternoon.
This is the finished result.
This is the recipe for the cupcakes in case you want to try them yourself.
The decoration I will leave entirely to you. Use your imagination and let me know what you come up with. If you are not feeling imaginative a simple butter cream icing will set these cakes off to perfection. They are quick and easy to make so definitely worth a go.