Royal Pastry Chefs Share a Special Recipe for the Queen's Birthday

Now you can bake cake fit for royalty.

April 27, 2020


<> on September 9, 2015 in Tweedbank, Scotland.

Photo by: Chris Jackson/Getty

Chris Jackson/Getty

Royals: They’re just like us. Okay, maybe not — but at least they have a sweet tooth, too.

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 94th birthday, the Royal Pastry Chefs have taken to Instagram to release a recipe for some very regal chocolate cupcakes. While Her Majesty wasn’t able to celebrate with any gun salutes or parades this year — part of a 68-year-old tradition — we’re willing to bet she’s making up for it by enjoying some of these gorgeous treats.

Although these cupcakes are fit for a queen, they’re perfect for anyone who needs a pick-me-up. As the Royal Family’s Instagram post notes, “If you or a loved one are celebrating a special occasion during isolation why not treat yourself to some #RoyalBakes?”

Of course, these aren’t your average chocolate cupcakes. Not only do they contain the requisite cocoa powder, but the recipe requires a healthy amount of white chocolate chips. Another notable ingredient? Vinegar. It’s a great trick to get a stronger reaction out of the baking soda and a fluffier, more moist cake.

If you’re still jonesing for more chocolate, the pastry chefs suggest making a buttercream with a high-percentage dark chocolate. Otherwise, you can deck out your cupcakes in classic royal icing. (The recipe mentions purchasing this from a store, but it’s super easy to make at home with confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and egg whites.) Pro tip: Royal icing hardens and becomes glassy pretty quickly. Stir your bowl occasionally as you work and cover it with a damp cloth to keep the icing from drying before you’re finished.

So whether it’s your birthday (or your unbirthday) fire up your mixing bowl and find a reason to celebrate like the Queen herself.

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