Westking students bake a bespoke cake to celebrate 70 years of the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree - Westminster Kingsway College

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Westking students bake a bespoke cake to celebrate 70 years of the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

Wednesday 6 December 2017

 

Students from Westking – London’s leading culinary school (which counts Jamie Oliver and Ainsley Harriott among its alumni) – have been commissioned to design and bake a cake for 100 people, to mark the 70th anniversary of the first Norwegian Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square.

70 years on from the very first Norwegian Spruce Tree arriving in Trafalgar Square in 1947, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Ian Adams, is hosting a reception on Thursday 7th December to celebrate the anniversary, and was particularly keen for the College’s students to create a special cake for the event.

The Westminster Kingsway College culinary students swung into action and have designed, baked and decorated a cake for 100 people, for the reception. The Lord Mayor will visit the College to meet the students and receive the cake in person on the afternoon of Wednesday 6th December.

The cake’s ingredients are a closely-guarded secret, but include: 26 eggs, 2kg of butter, mixed spice, vanilla, almonds and a 16kg of mixed fruits that have been soaked in rum, brandy, Guinness, Sherry and Port for the last six months.

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A lot of hard work has gone into the making of the cake, especially from Pastry Chef Lecturer Sue Yeates and Chef Lecturer Ash Spencer. Along with their students, Sue and Ash have worked tirelessly to get the cake ready – all whilst cooking for guests our busy restaurants, The Vincent Rooms and The Escoffier Room.

Gary Hunter (Westminster Kingsway’s Vice Principal for Hospitality) said:

“We are delighted and proud to have been asked by the Lord Mayor of Westminster to create a special cake to mark this special anniversary. The Trafalgar Square tree is an iconic London Christmas landmark and it’s wonderful that we’ve been able to use the talents of our amazing students to help make this important day just that bit more special.”

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