‘Let them eat cake!’ says the narrator. Camilla reveals a secret ingredient in her Victoria Sponge.


‘Let them eat cake!’ says the narrator. Camilla reveals a secret ingredient in her Victoria Sponge.

FOR A SPECIAL CAUSE, CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall, has made a change to a much-loved cake named after Queen Victoria.

In her Victoria sponge, which is normally made with jam and cream, the Duchess of Cornwall has stated that she prefers lemon curd. As part of the Poetry Together preparations, Camilla offered her favorite cake recipe.

“The Duchess has given her recipe for a Victoria Sponge for young and old(er!) alike to enjoy after reciting a poem by heart together,” Clarence House wrote with a portrait of the Duchess.

One Instagram user praised the concept in response to the social media post.

“Delicious cake and the Duchess of Cornwall,” they said. “This is a fantastic combination!”

“Looks absolutely delicious!” wrote another. With a nice cup of tea, of course!”

“Camilla, that looks so delicious,” said a third. “Many thanks for the recipe.”

“Let them eat cake!” said another.

“Thank you for the recipe…looking forward to some baking!” said a fifth.

With the support of Gyles Brandreth, Poetry Together began in 2019 with the goal of bringing communities together for poems and cake.

National Poetry Day, on October 7, is the main event this year, with schools and care facilities reciting a poem and sharing a tea party.

Dame Judi Dench, as well as poet and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, have lent their support to the project.

Hundreds of schools and care homes participated remotely in 2020, performing their poems on the internet.

Gyles Brandreth has written a new poem in anticipation of the big day.

“The old and the young went to tea, with a magnificent home-made cake,” the poem read. It was Camilla’s Victoria sponge, which was wonderful and simple to make.”

Camilla has long been a supporter of the cause.

More than 150 schools, including independent schools inside Dukes Education’s group, have already registered for the poetry festival.

“We are particularly thrilled to be able to support Poetry Together again this year and bring communities together in person following a tough time for both schools and care homes,” Aatif Hassan, founder of Dukes Education, told Independent Education today.

“Poetry has the capacity to teach, enrich, and lift us, and I eagerly anticipate seeing the smiles on the faces of both young and old at all of the lovely Poetry Together tea parties that will be held this year.”


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