‘Let them eat cake!’ Camilla lays bare unusual ingredient she uses in her Victoria Sponge

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The Duchess of Cornwall has suggested she prefers lemon curd in her Victoria sponge which is traditionally put together with jam and cream. Camilla shared her favourite cake recipe as part of preparations for Poetry Together.

A photo of the Duchess was shared on Instagram, the caption from Clarence House read: “The Duchess has shared her recipe for a Victoria Sponge for young and old(er!) alike to enjoy after reciting a poem by heart together.”

Responding to the social media post, one Instagram user loved the idea.

They said: “Delicious cake and the Duchess of Cornwall. A+ combination!”

Another wrote: “Looks absolutely delicious! Perfect with a lovely cup of tea!”

A third said: “Camilla, that looks so yummy. Thank you so much for the recipe.”

One more quipped: “Let them eat cake!”

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

Poetry Together, which started in 2019 with the help of Gyles Brandreth, is aiming to see communities come together for poems and cake.

The main day this year is National Poetry Day, October 7, when schools and care homes will recite a poem and share a tea party.

The project is also supported by Dame Judi Dench, poet and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.

In 2020, hundreds of schools and care homes took part virtually and performed their poems online.

Gyles Brandreth wrote a new poem looking ahead to the big day.

The poem read: “The old and the young went to tea, with a beautiful home-made cake. It was Camilla’s version of Victoria sponge, delicious and easy to bake.”

Camilla has supported the movement for a long time.

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

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

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“Poetry has the power to educate us, enrich us and lift us and I look forward to seeing the smiles on the faces of both young and old at all the wonderful Poetry Together tea parties that will take place this year.”

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