Bake Off star Andrew Smyth makes cake fit for Duke of Cambridge
The Duke of Cambridge joked he would have a word with The Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry after being impressed by a cake made by a beaten finalist from Northern Ireland during his visit to Rolls-Royce's aero engine factory.
Prince William was presented with a cake modelled on one of the aerospace giant's Trent XWB engines by Co Down Bake Off star Andrew Smyth at the firm's plant in Derby.
The former pupil of Sullivan Upper in Holywood, who now lives in Derby, is the son of former CBI Northern Ireland director Nigel Smyth.
William spent a couple of minutes chatting to Andrew, who works for Rolls-Royce, before heaping praise on the "incredible" cake. The Prince told the 25-year-old engineer: "I'm going to have words with Mary (Berry) - you should have won."
The Duke also informed Mr Smyth he had seen "one or two" Bake Off episodes.
He added: "I was wondering if this was actually a cake and it actually is.
"The problem is when you make something as good as this you don't want to eat it.
"I don't want to break that apart."
Mr Smyth, who is a performance technologist with Rolls-Royce, spent around eight hours preparing the chocolate Madeira cake - filled with buttercream and morello cherry jam - at his home.
After meeting the Duke, Andrew admitted feeling more nervous than he was during this year's Bake Off final.
"I think I was a little bit starstruck when he came through the door," he said.
"I missed where he said 'I'll have a word with Mary'.
"He's a bit late now, but I appreciate the thought."
Asked what time-frame he had been given to design a cake fit for a future king, Andrew added: "I was asked to bake the cake a couple of weeks ago.
"I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to do, whether I wanted to do a really elaborately- decorated cake.
"But then I thought I've got to come back to my roots - engineering and baking. That's what I did on the show."