The Duchess of Cambridge turned 40 this month, marking her milestone birthday with a trio of stunning portraits - but did Kate also celebrate with a cake?
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Let's be honest, no birthday is truly complete without blowing out the candles on a cake - a tradition Duchess Kate insists on fulfilling for each of her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis' birthdays. Back in 2019, the royal appeared in Mary Berry's A Berry Royal Christmas, sharing details about her heartfelt ritual for her children on the eve of their special day.
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"I love making the cake," the Duchess shared. "It's become a bit of a tradition that I stay up 'til midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and icing and I make far too much. But I love it."
Kate's love for baking is also shared by her and Prince William's children, who have been known to mark special occasions with a delicious home baked treat.
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Duchess Kate always likes to bake her children a birthday cake
Last March, William and Kate shared a photo on their Instagram of an incredible Victoria's sponge cake made by George, Charlotte and Louis to celebrate Mother's Day.
The buttercream and jam-filled cake was decorated with perfectly piped icing and sprinkles, prompting one royal fan to comment on Instagram: "George, Charlotte, Louis, you'd get a handshake from Mary Berry! Happy Mother's Day!"
So, although the Duchess most likely didn't celebrate with a classic Colin the Caterpillar cake as we might do, it's likely the royal was treated to a homemade bake from her home kitchen - decorated lovingly by her and Prince William's three children.
Kate's Mother's Day cake was shared to the Cambridge's Instagram account
The Duchess isn't the only royal to insist on celebrating with cake when it comes to birthdays - the Queen loves it too.
Former royal chef Darren McGrady often lends his expertise to unveil the secrets of the royal kitchen. Speaking on his YouTube channel, the culinary expert revealed: "The Queen loves chocolate and every year, it's the same cake, the same recipe – the Queen's birthday chocolate cake.
"It's the chocolate birthday cake that was actually the recipe of her grandmother, Queen Mary. I spent 11 years rattling pans in the royal kitchens and I can't tell you how many times I made the chocolate birthday cake – twice a year!"
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