LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II visits the British Airways headquarters to mark their centenary year at Heathrow Airport on May 23, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Food - Drink
The Family History Of Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Chocolate Cake
Former Royal Chef Darren McGrady shared on his YouTube channel that he would always make chocolate birthday cake at the queen's request for each of her two annual monarchal birthdays during his 11 years working at Buckingham Palace. Interestingly, that decadent chocolate birthday cake has been passed on from chef to chef for generations.
This iconic chocolate birthday cake preceded Queen Elizabeth's reign and was enjoyed by Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother. Queen Mary's chef wrote down the original chocolate cake recipe in the royal cookbook in 1954, which was then passed down to the king's chef, presumably George VI, i.e. Elizabeth's father, and finally to Queen Elizabeth's chef.
Sadly, Queen Mary passed away right before her granddaughter's coronation, but her legacy was felt by those who celebrated Queen Elizabeth's birthdays. Fans of the royal family — or fans of chocolate cake — can recreate the royal's chocolate birthday cake for their own birthday or to commemorate the late queen.