Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee baking contest winner announced, the amaretti trifle to be official pudding

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It’s not just a trifle. It’s history.

A 31-year-old copywriter’s seven-layer lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle beat 5,000 desserts in a U.K.-wide competition to become the official pudding — or dessert, if you’re not British — of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Contest organizers hope people throughout Britain will serve Jemma Melvin’s sunshine bright, sweet and sour concoction topped with whipped cream and crumbled cookies at neighborhood parties and backyard teas as part of the June 2-5 celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne.

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Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating 70 years on the throne.

Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating 70 years on the throne.
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Melvin, who is from Southport in northwest England, said her creation was inspired by both her grandmothers and the queen.

“This trifle is a tribute three women: it’s my Gran and my Nan, as well as the queen,” Melvin stated. “My grandma taught us how to bake. She taught me all the ingredients, and everything from scratch. My Nan was known for her signature dish, the trifle. We used to call her the queen among trifles. The queen had lemon possets at her wedding. “

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Jemma Melvin in Fortnum and Mason, central London, with her lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle that beat 5,000 desserts to become the official pudding of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.

Jemma Melvin in Fortnum and Mason, central London, with her lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle that beat 5,000 desserts to become the official pudding of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
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The contest was announced in January as Jubilee organizers sought to find a modern-day counterpart to coronation chicken, the combination of cold poultry, mayonnaise and curry powder created for festivities on the day in 1953 when Elizabeth was crowned. The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles’ wife, announced the winner Thursday night on a nationally televised broadcast. The recipe was later made available online by organizers so that anyone could try it.

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The lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle is now the official Platinum Jubilee pudding.

The official Platinum Jubilee pudding is now the lemon Swiss roll and amaretti triofle.
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Melvin’s trifle defeated four other finalists: a passionfruit and thyme frangipane tart; Queen Elizabeth sponge cake, including a layer of jam made with the monarch’s favorite Dubonnet wine; a rose falooda cake incorporating the flavors of a traditional Indian dessert; and a “four nations” pudding featuring ingredients from around the country.

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