To celebrate the Queen’s forthcoming Platinum Jubilee the team behind National Doughnut Week have recreated the very crown that Queen Elizabeth wore during her coronation on June 2, 1953 and it’s 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 and what better way to mark both of these very special occasions by paying homage the Queen’s 70 years of service to her country.
The Saint Edward crown is the most regal of Royal crowns and the new version of it just takes it one step further. It’s 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.
It has now been re-created with doughnuts – the nation’s favourite sweet treat. Food artist Jacqui Kelly created the special 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 doughnuts were carefully put together to form the crown which has been nicknamed “Dough-bilee”. The Crown will now go on show at the bakery for all to see during the week.
Cristiana Ballarini, spokesperson from CSM Ingredients, sponsors of the week, said: “The ‘Dough-bilee’ Crown for National Doughnut Week is definitely a unique creation to help celebrate the forthcoming jubilee. 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 and registration are here – http://www.nationaldoughnutweek.org/.