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Nadiya Hussain 'super nervous' over Queen's 90th cake

The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain struggled to control her nerves as she baked a cake for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday on Thursday (21Apr16).

Nadiya Hussain has prepared an orange cake for Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday on Thursday (21Apr16).

The 31-year-old, who won last year's (15) The Great British Bake Off, was drafted in to bake a delicious offering for the monarch's landmark birthday.

However, in footage of her preparing the cake which aired on The One Show on Wednesday night (20Apr16), Nadiya admitted she was unsure about which flavour to go for.

"I don't even know if the Queen likes orange," Nadiya grimaced. "She might hate it! I was going to do grapefruit but I thought that might be a bit out there."

In the end, Nadiya opted for an orange drizzle cake filled with marmalade and buttercream. It's unclear exactly when the Queen will be enjoying the treat, but Prince Charles is hosting a private dinner for Her Majesty to mark the occasion on Thursday night, so it could be for then.

Whatever happens, Nadiya will have the chance to present her creation to the monarch.

"I don't know exactly what is going to be happening but I do know that I get to see the Queen and I get to give her the cake," she said.

Nadiya won legions of fans during her time on Bake Off thanks to her ability to push through her nerves to produce incredible cakes and bakes.

However, she certainly struggled to control herself as she prepared the Queen's cake, admitting the prospect was making her "super nervous".

As she worked on the creation in her kitchen at home, Nadiya was seen visibly shaking, and added: "Okay that's my hand trembling. I'm officially super nervous!

"It's such an honour to be doing this. I just don't want to disappoint the Queen."

It was only a fortnight ago that Nadiya was contacted about baking a cake for the occasion. At first, she thought it was a joke, but soon realised she had actually been given the honour.

"My initial reaction was, it must be a mistake or some kind of prank," she said. "I told my husband and he said I had to do it. How could I say no?

"When I told my daughter I was nervous, she said 'But mummy, you've made lots of cakes for Mary Berry'. Then it dawned on me - she thinks Mary Berry is the Queen!"

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