LONDON (AP) — It’s not just a small thing. It’s history.
A 31-year-old copywriter’s seven-layer lemon-swiss roll and amaretti trifle beat 5,000 desserts in a British competition to become the official pudding — or dessert, if you’re not British — of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Contest organizers hope people across Britain will serve Jemma Melvin’s sunny, clear, sweet and sour concoction, topped with whipped cream and crumbled biscuits, at neighborhood parties and backyard tea as part of the June 2-5 celebrations on the occasion by Queen Elizabeth IIs 70 years on the throne.
Melvin, who is from Southport in the North West of England, said her creation was inspired by both her grandmothers and the Queen.
“This special little something is a tribute to three women: it’s my grandmother, my grandmother and the Queen herself,” she said. “My grandmother taught me to bake, she taught me all the elements, everything from scratch. My grandmother’s signature dish was always a trifle; we called her the queen of trifles. And the queen had lemon posset at her wedding.’
The competition was announced in January as the anniversary organizers tried to find a modern counterpart to the coronation chicken, the combination of cold poultry, mayonnaise and curry powder, created for the festivities on the day Elizabeth was crowned in 1953.
The winner was announced Thursday evening by the Duchess of Cornwall, wife of Prince Charles, in a nationally televised broadcast on the BBC.
Melvin’s trifle beat out four other finalists: a frangipane pie with passion fruit and thyme; Queen Elizabeth sponge cake, including a layer of jam made with the monarch’s favorite Dubonnet wine; a rose falooda cake with the flavors of a traditional Indian dessert; and a “four nations” pudding with ingredients from all over the country.