When my friend Shabnam told me her Rose Falooda Cake had been selected as one of the final five (out of 5,000!) for the recent Fortnum and Mason Platinum Pudding Competition I was over the moon for her.  Always baking the most delicious cakes for school fetes, bake sales and local charities, Shabnam has created a lot of very special food memories for me, and for many others in our local community.

Ready, steady bake! 

During the dark covid days in January, when then more than ever we all needed colour and joy, Shabnam delivered to my doorstep the most fabulous box of goodies for my girls and I to enjoy a zoom baking party which she hosted.  We had such fun dancing in the kitchen enjoying delicious warm cakes together fresh from the oven. For me, it is these little moments in life which are truly priceless.

What a honour it was for me to host Shabnam in my home for an easy to follow, step-by-step guide to learn how to make her Rose Falooda Cake, truly a treat fit for a queen.

Today, I am sharing with you some pictures from our baking session, as well as some hints and tips, dos and don’t as to how to best decorate your table.  After all, a cake for a queen truly needs a royal setting.

Baking a Rose Falooda Cake 

Organised, and ready to bake, we used some really unique ingredients in this special cake

The cake has an international twist and uses ingredients from around the world – but which you can buy locally 

I admit, my kitchen has never looked this tidy during a baking session!

Shabnam in my kitchen showing me how to decorate a cake fit for the Queen!

Setting a special table for the Platinum Jubilee Weekend 

Table preparations, using the most darling plates from Cath Kidston 

A simple table for tea in the garden 

I wanted to incorporate blue, white and red in the table but in a subtle way.  Using my whimsical hand blocked bow tablecloth in blue and white I chose pink linen napkins instead of red.  Pink is my favourite colour and I believe that when you set a table for friends and family it should reflect part of you and your personality.

For special occasions I love having some fun themed elements on the table and adore using iced biscuits! These corgi dogs from Marks and Spencer were such a fun find, and so reasonably priced too.

On my table fit for a queen, of course I used my best fine bone china tea cups and silver flat wear – I love to use my best things, there is no point in them gathering dust in a cupboard!

For me, no table is complete without flowers.  The garden has started to bloom and my beautiful David Austin roses sit so beautifully as the centrepiece arranged loosely in a small selection of bud vases.

I hope that Shabnam and I have inspired you to bake her delicious Rose Falooda cake at home and take some time with your friends and family to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend.

You can watch our videos and see more images on Instagram – please do follow Shabnam here.

Clara x

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