King of cakes Paul Hollywood launches dessert for Royal celebration

Pictured: Paul Hollywood 

The Vintage Inns group of country pubs, owned by Birmingham-based restaurant and pub operators Mitchells and Butlers, has engaged the services of celebrity baker Paul Hollywood to launch a cake.

Chefs for the group of country pubs and restaurants have created the Vintage Summer Cake, a triple-decker sponge cake with raspberries and blackcurrants, summer fruit syrup, cream and blueberry fruit, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The £3.95 puddings will feature exclusively on the Vintage Inns menu until the end of August and for every slice Vintage Inns will donate 15p to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Paul was on hand to try the mouth-watering dessert at a jubilee launch party held at The Lion in Farningham earlier this week.

A judge on smash hit TV show The Great British Bake-off, Paul joined in with the celebrations which included a super-sized version of the cake.

The TV baker said: “What a fitting way to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Victoria Sponge was created in honour of Queen Victoria’s reign so it’s only right we commemorate Elizabeth II with something special and traditionally British and I think she would enjoy tucking into this royal treat!

“As a nation of food lovers, we always rise to the challenge of producing something delicious for a momentous occasion.”

Vintage Inn pubs and restaurants are known for their welcoming atmosphere, quality food, attractive beer gardens and real ales and are often set in stunning locations, in picturesque villages or rolling countryside.

The Mitchells & Butlers brand has almost 200 pubs, from Plymouth in the South West to Inverness in Scotland.

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