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Royal bakes

Bake and decorate cakes to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

You will need

  • Tables
  • Wooden spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Ingredients
  • Access to an oven
  • Access to a fridge
  • Cake or cupcake tins
  • Baking paper or cupcake cases
  • Weighing scales
  • Measuring spoons
  • Sieves
  • Toothpicks
  • Wire cooling racks
  • Cake decorations
  • Sharp knife
  • Cake board

Before you begin

  • Set up enough tables for the group to work at. Place the equipment and ingredients out on the tables.
  • Think about splitting the group into smaller groups, depending on equipment and resources.
  • Consider if you want to use food colouring in your cakes and the colours you could use. For example, think about using red, white and blue for the colours of the Union Flag.
  • Check for any allergies and intolerances in your group and use alternative ingredients where needed.
  • You could pre-portion the ingredients ahead of time, or make the cakes in advance for the group to decorate during the meeting.


Baking a cake


For the cake:

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 225g softened butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • splash of milk
  • food colouring (optional)
  • jam

For the buttercream icing:

  • 150g softened butter
  • 300g icing sugar
  • food colouring (optional)

Prep time: 30 mins

Temperature: set your oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / gas mark 4.

Cook time: 25-30 mins

Makes: one, two-layer cake

Baking cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

  • 110g softened butter
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 110g self-raising flour
  • food colouring (optional)

For the buttercream icing:

  • 150g softened butter
  • 300g icing sugar
  • food colouring (optional)

Prep time: 30 mins

Temperature: set your oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / gas mark 4.

Cook time: 15 mins

Makes: 12 cupcakes

Let’s get baking

  1. Pre-heat the oven to the temperature you need.
  2. Either line the cake tins with baking paper or place the cupcake cases into the cupcake tins.
  3. Put the sugar and butter in a bowl and mix.
  4. Add in the eggs and the splash of milk or vanilla extract. Mix together.
  5. Sieve in the flour and mix until smooth and combined.
  6. If you are adding colour to the cake, add the food colouring in now and mix until all the mixture has changed colour.
  7. Divide the cake mixture into two equally-sized tins or divide the cupcake mixture into 12 cupcake cases.
  8. Bake in the oven.
  9. When the cakes look golden brown, bring them out of the oven. Check they are cooked by piercing them with a toothpick. If it comes out clean they are ready.
  10. Allow the cakes to cool completely before decorating.

Make the buttercream

  1. While the cakes are cooling, make your buttercream. Start by putting the butter into a large bowl.
  2. Sieve in the icing sugar slowly, mixing at the same time until fully combined.
  3. If you are adding colour to your buttercream, add the food colouring now and mix until it has all changed colour.
  4. Put the buttercream in the fridge until you need to use it.

Time to decorate

  • For the cake: place one of the cakes on a board. Slice the top off to make it flat, and then put a layer of jam and a layer of buttercream on the flat top. Place the other cake on top like a sandwich. Put buttercream on the very top of the cake and decorate.
  • For the cupcakes: take them out of the tins and place them on the tables for everyone to decorate. Put some buttercream on top and decorate.


This activity needed you to work as a team whilst also developing your baking skills. How did your baking go? Was it easy or did you find anything challenging? Think about how you had to make sure the ingredients were right and whether your cake rose. How did you organise decorating your cakes as a group? Did you all have your own part to do or did you all have a go at the same time? We often use cakes to help us celebrate occasions. Why do you think this is? How can you get your local community together to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee? Think about holding a street party or a party at your meeting place and bringing some cakes along to it.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Sharp objects

Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.


Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.


Check for allergies before you begin and read the guidance on food safety. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.