Duchess Camilla turned 71 years old with a celebratory carrot cake: ew or fine?

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Over the years, I’ve absolutely softened on the Duchess of Cornwall, that old wine bag. I actually have a great deal of affection for her at this point. She seems like a hoot – always half in the bag, forever blousy and white-blonde, always up for a laugh and always in the mood for some good local cuisine. On Tuesday, Camilla celebrated her 71st birthday. It was a working celebration, because Camilla and Charles are currently on a tour of Cornwall, trying to stir up some tourism. When they landed on the Scilly Isles, Camilla was greeted with a bouquet of flowers and a cake! The cake was… carrot cake. And it read “Happy Birthday Ma’am!” You can see the cake in the photos below:

Apparently, Camilla did have a piece of the cake while Charles looked on, perhaps wondering what all of this was about. Seriously though, I have such strong feelings about cake. I wonder if the peeps in Scilly Isles got a heads up that Camilla might like a carrot cake, or if they just made it on a whim, just to see if she would eat it. Some people love carrot cake – I am not one of them. If I was given a carrot cake for my birthday, I would be nice about it publicly but I would be quietly insulted that anyone would ever think that I would eat motherf–king carrot cake FOR MY BIRTHDAY.

Anyway, this is just a reminder: Charles and Camilla aren’t getting any younger. I feel like out of all of the royals of this generation, Camilla might be the one who officially “retires” next, like the Duke of Edinburgh. But maybe she’ll keep working if they keep bringing her wine, cakes and pastries.

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  1. KNy says:

    The only good part of carrot cake is the cream cheese frosting. Carrot cake is gross and if that is dessert, I skip!

  2. tmbg says:

    I…I like carrot cake. I’d gladly eat some. 😬

  3. Eleonor says:

    I think I would LOVE To have a drink with Camilla. I bet she must be fun.

  4. Junebug says:

    I love carrot cake. What’s wrong with carrot cake? I would be happy if I was given one on my birthday. I think you just haven’t met the right carrot cake yet. Keep trying!

  5. Noodles says:

    I LOVE carrot cake. Way better than fruit cake… and most other cakes actually. Charles and Camilla are my favourite royals, besides the Queen too.

  6. Enough Already says:

    So long as she’s not caught looking bored I say carry on. Carrot cake with whipped cream cheese frosting is yummy! I sneak toasted coconut into my batter to give it a little island lift.

  7. Mitzy says:

    Wasn’t a massive fan of hers until I saw her interviewed about her role as Royal patron of Battersea Dog Home and her 2 rescue Jack Russells :)

  8. Slowsnow says:

    Carrot Cake is quintessentially British as Tarte au Citron is French and custard tarts (pastéis de nata) are Portuguese.

  9. SparkleFan says:

    I take it you guys never had a proper carrot cake. It is actually worse than chocolate cake since it contains more fat. And fat is the key ingredient into making anything delicious plus sugar.

    I am a fan of both carrot & chocolate cake. But I have tasted some not so good carrot & choc cakes. I just know where to buy the good stuff.

  10. Lizabeth says:

    Carrot cakes vary, perhaps more than some other types of cakes. But a good one is great! Also, I saw a picture online of Charles’s sneaking a bite of cake off Camilla’s plate so he did taste the cake.

  11. Pamm says:

    She’s 71!! Wow!! Never knew she is younger than Aretha Franklin and even Diana Ross. Happy birthday to her.

  12. boredblond says:

    The only cake that even tempts me is chocolate, with at least an inch of fudgey frosting..if someone gave me a carrot cake, it would just mean they didn’t know me..maybe that’s the case here.

  13. Murphy says:

    I think you may have some unaddressed carrot cake rage to discuss with your therapist b/c there is nothing wrong with celebrating one’s birthday with one.

  14. Tania says:

    I was thinking of carrot cake for our wedding cake. In fact I was all set on it. Then I ate a sample of the red velvet cake – which I was never a fan of – and it was the best cake of the bunch. That with the cream cheese and the filling. It was the best decision I made for the cake. I’m guess the bakery just didn’t know how to make the perfect carrot cake. I found a recipe online that is the best. Now I want carrot cake.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Red velvet is incredible when it’s made correctly, but most places make it too sugary. It needs just the right touch of vinegar to offset the cloying sweetness.

    • babypeanut says:

      I’ve never understood the appeal of red velvet. Isn’t it just dyed chocolate cake?

      • BeanieBean says:

        Except it’s not chocolatey enough. I don’t get red velvet either.

      • Ersatz says:

        The original early 20th century Waldorf Astoria red velvet cake recipe uses canned/jarred beets, that’s where the red color originated c: the difference between food coloring and cocoa vs beets and cocoa is astronomical – it’s a darn good cake made properly. Very dense and rich. One of my culinary professors worked at the Waldorf for decades in food and beverage operation and this was his go-to whenever we had an in-house catering project.

        I never liked red velvet until I had that recipe.

      • KidV says:

        In original red velvet cakes (in the 1800′s) the cocoa they used either had a subtle red tint, or the vinegar and buttermilk turned it a subtle red. I’m not sure which one is correct. The beets were added later to enhance the red coloring.

      • Ersatz says:

        I stand corrected! Doing some research, apparently unprocessed/non-alkalized cocoa contains the same color compounds as red cabbage, so it looks like you’re right on both that it acts like a pH indicator and brightens up when there’s acid involved because it has those compounds/tint anyway. Apparently you can still make old fashioned red velvet cake without any dyes/beets if you’re using non-dutch-process cocoa powder and it’ll still work. It’s definitely not as bright from the pics but there is an obvious change.

        That’s really cool and now I want to try it.

      • KidV says:

        That’s right! I forgot about the red cabbage color compound. Makes total sense now.

        I want to try it too, but then I’d eat the whole cake in one day, so I probably shouldn’t.

  15. Ninette says:

    I like carrot cake. Its not my fav kind of cake. But if someone had made me a carrot cake, I would be happy 🙂

  16. LizB says:

    I’ve had a carrot cake for my birthday for the past 25 years. Love it.

  17. abby says:

    I was just thinking what is wrong with carrot cake? I’ve had some yummy/delicious swoony carrot cakes. Like really, where have you been?

    ETA: I suppose carrot cake can be awful in the wrong hands but that true of any kind of cake.
    I’ve been lucky I guess.

  18. Lyla says:

    I’m actually not a cake person, but I like carrot cake.

  19. magnoliarose says:

    I like Camilla. She works for great causes and she and Charles always look like they really enjoy each others company.

  20. PodyPo says:

    I will not comment on Camilla’s history, but I will say that she seems to be getting more attractive, not less, as she ages. Probably the money helps that.

    Yum carrot cake. I scrape off most of the icing, even though it’s delicious.

  21. TeamAwesome says:

    I lurrrve carrot cake. Spice, nuts, cream cheese frosting, yes please. My only issue is that sometimes people add pineapple, to which I am allergic. I never realized carrot cake was British until it was a challenge on the Great British Bake Off.

  22. PBAN says:

    She and Charles actually look very cute together. They look like they have a lot of fun. she makes him more relaxed and more himself to me. So Happy Birthday late Camilla.

  23. Lilix40 says:

    Carrot cake is actually my favorite cake! Now, pineapple and coconut cake, on the other hand, should be a damn crime.

  24. Mego says:

    I like Camilla too and she probably likes carrot cake. I am afraid that her life time of smoking may catch up with her in the form of cancer or copd which would devastate Charles.

  25. Abby says:

    Happy birthday Camilla! Used to, I couldn’t stand her. Loyal to Diana and all of that. But over the last 10 years I think I’ve come to appreciate that she shows up, looks appropriate, engages with people and seems like she’s a lot of fun. And she seems to have found her place in The Family. Plus it looks like she and Charles are happy. That’s not an easy situation.

    Also, I love me some carrot cake!

    • Tigerlily says:

      Same here Abby. I don’t like how any of the 3 parties behaved back then. I often wonder what her children thought…..if they got taunted over it. Certainly the headlines didn’t help William or Harry.

      That being said I do think she looks like she’d be fun, down to earth and not hung up on looks.

    • Miffy says:

      I was the same but I’ve definitely come to realise relationships are more of a grey area than black and white. How Diana was treated was just awful, but from Charles and Camilla’s perspectives they fell in love (and a life long kind of love) with each other when their relationship would never ever have been allowed. Back then Charles’ wife, because he was heir, had to be royal, a virgin and protestant and absolutely nothing scandalous like a divorcée. She was already out of the running before they’d even met. I can’t imagine how elated they must have been when they were given the go-ahead to marry.

  26. Gatinha523 says:

    In Brazil, carrot cake is usually served with chocolate frosting, and i LOVE this combo – very earthy and delicious. Not a fan of cream-cheese frosting version in US.

  27. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I love carrot cake. And hummingbird cake and red velvet cake, and vanilla cake… The only cake I don’t like is Pineapple Upside Down cake which is vile and an insult to pineapple. And I dont like chocolate cake with chocolate icing. It’s just too much for me. Though there is a chocolate bundt cake from a restaurant near my office that is the BOMB. So that’s my one exception to the chocolate on chocolate rule.

  28. L84Tea says:

    Carrot cake is one of those cakes that I will eat if there’s no other option. The frosting is the best part though. My husband on the other hand will choose carrot cake first before anything else. Weirdo.

  29. HadleyB says:

    Anytime I see them together it’s like they really were made for each other.

    And I love that he ADORES her still to this day. You can see it in his eyes, his actions and the way he talks about her. I love that. It’s amazing at their age after all these years of being together …. when so many are bitter and angry by 40.

    ( yes, yes he treated Lady Di like crap I won’t go into that part )

    • ex-Mel says:

      Yes. I remember their engagement photo – they were beaming with such genuine happiness that I couldn’t help but smile widely myself. It was beautiful.
      I’ve always thought that many, many people actually – secretly – resent Camilla for the fact that 35 years after falling in love with her Charles still chose HER. How many people could say the same about themselves and their mates?

  30. Sway says:

    I’ll never like this woman.

  31. gingersnaps says:

    I love a good carrot cake with or without cream cheese frosting. I also make a mean carrot Biscoff cake and have served it for birthdays and mother’s day.
    I like Camilla and will never understand why people continue to hold a grudge or anger against her when they don’t even know her and her family personally. She quietly gets on with her work and I think they are now all getting along. Would people prefer that Prince Charles and his family be forever on the outs?

  32. Betsy says:

    Kaiser, someone did once buy me a carrot cake for my birthday. I *was* insulted at the idea that someone thought I was a carrot cake person.

  33. Louise177 says:

    Love carrot cake, with or without frosting. Also Charles isn’t even king yet. Camilla isn’t retiring anytime soon.

  34. PlaidSheets says:

    I love carrot cake! It’s the perfect cake because it’s so rich/heavy, that I can only eat one piece. Other than a good lemon cake, it’s my favorite cake.

  35. Lisa says:

    Old wine bag, lmao. My brother would love carrot cake for his birthday. I’d be fine with it.

  36. Bethany says:

    Carrot cake is bomb. The one I make is particularly moist and delicious, and doesn’t involve raisins (which are disgusting). My dad specifically requests it for his birthday.

  37. Purrrr says:

    I unabashedly love her. She does good work and she seems like a good time.

  38. Fefe says:

    In Brazil carrots cake are absolutely delicious… a national passion. Hope her cake was as good as it is here.

  39. Molly says:

    I’ve read that Camilla is very well liked among royal reporters and family. She’s apparently a hoot, and I can totally see it. I’m outside the Camilla Hate generation of Diana worship, so it always puzzles me when people (not here) don’t acknowledge how clearly happy and well-matched she and Charles are together.

    • magnoliarose says:

      I am too. I wasn’t even born with Diana and Charles married so I have no attachments like that either.

    • KidV says:

      I’m a few years younger than Diana would be now so I was caught up in all of the Diana/Camilla drama and hated Camilla. But she’s one of my favorite royals now (Meghan being #1. I’m American, leave me alone. lol)

      I would love to hang out with Camilla and drink wine in the royal gardens. Lots of wine.

    • Tigerlily says:

      I’m two years older than Diana would be. I clearly recall being kind of meh over them as a couple. At two years older than her, I wouldn’t have looked twice at a 32 year old guy. Then there was the engagement interview and question of love to which Charles answered “whatever love is”. Writing on the wall as far as I was concerned. Diana knew what she was getting into. At this point 30+ years on it is apparent that Charles & Camilla make a great couple so let’s move forward.

  40. Electric Tuba says:

    If y’all ever are around any of The Palm resteraunts (especially palm 1 and palm 2 in NYC) go in and get a slab of their carrot cake. No raisins, just heaven. You don’t even think about carrots when you taste that moist, perfect, buttery, creamy, fresh oh my god I’ll brb getting on a train to go get that cake!

  41. Sparkly says:

    Carrot cake was my mom’s favorite, and she had many a birthday carrot cake. That gets me all nostalgic. I miss her.

    I’ve always liked Camilla. I think they found true love, and it was TQ & DoE’s fault the way everything went down. They should never have forced Charles to marry Diana.

  42. KLO says:

    I love carrot cake. Especially the dark, moist sort.

  43. elvie says:

    Diana was singular human being, but she’s been gone for 21 years.

    Camilla seems like a kind woman who takes her role seriously. She and Charles made some very poor choices years ago, but they seem very happy now and they’d probably be married now even if Diana had not died. I can’t hate Cams, she’s probably a blast.

  44. says:

    Carrot cake is amazing and I’d gladly have it for my birthday and all other occasions.

  45. Vinot says:

    It’s not like it was a fruitcake!! Cream cheese frosting means nothing to you?!

  46. themummy says:

    I don’t see her retiring anytime soon. She’s 71 and seems to enjoy interacting with people a lot. And I feel the same way as you do about her, Kaiser. I kind of love her.

    Ok, about carrot cake. It can be delicious as long as there are no chunks of carrots, no raisins, and has a homemade cream cheese frosting. Oh man…so good. But if there is a chunk of a fruit or vegetable in it (or in any cake), then NOPE. A thousand NOPES.

  47. Evie says:

    My Mom made the best homemade carrot cake. Everyone loved it & it would disappear in very short order despite the calorie content. It spoiled me for anyone else’s carrot cake.

    Happy Birthday, Camilla! I was a big Diana fan but have always liked Camilla. Charles and Diana were mismatched. But the past is the past. It can’t be changed so there’s no sense dredging it up. Charles and Camilla are very much in love and they make a terrific team. So good for them.

  48. JRenee says:

    I like carrot cake with raisins and pineapple and not a lot of excessive or overly sweet frosting, mmm!

  49. Nikki says:

    Can’t imagine NOT liking carrot cake; carrot cake and I are like cookies and Cookie Monster..I had carrot cake for my WEDDING CAKE, to my very conservative mom’s consternation. And of course, a thick layer of real butter cream frosting. Goodbye now, peeps: I’m off to break my diet!

  50. Nicegirl says:

    Love carrot cake! Yum!

    I made it for both of my sons for their first birthdays, it’s easy to do low sugar but still fun and frosted.

    Today’s the 20th bday of my eldest, but he’s away at college and working, it’s our first year where we are not able to celebrate with him on the day, eating a huge cake with all of his friends- last year we did a baked mt Hood, our version of a baked Alaska: it had strawberry lemonade tillamook ice cream inside! But gosh, it was difficult!! I thought I could tackle it no worries after years of making ice cream cakes but the mixer broke and I had to whisk the merengue by hand (3 of us took turns! Lol) and our mt Hood was humongous. Kinda makes me miss those baby carrot cake days 🎂😊

  51. detta says:

    Totally here for the carrot cake, too! And before I go and read about the potus from hell, I will cherish the posts here – all of us carrot cake lovers should join a club and give each other carrot cakes for bithday. :-)

  52. Mara says:

    This is a lot of (well deserved) comments about carrot cake.
    Does this mean more posts about celebrities’ favourite baked goods are in order? Or just baked goods in general?

  53. Honey says:

    According to pictures that were shown @ the DM, Charles sampled the cake too. They shared the slice that was on Camilla’s plate.

    I like them as a couple and I absolutely love carrot cake too.

  54. Abbess Tansy says:

    I love carrot cake but I wish the cream cheese frosting was lighter and not as sweet.

  55. Neners says:

    What is this blasphemy?! Carrot cake is DELICIOUS! In fact, it’s the only cake I really like (besides cheesecake, which doesn’t count).

  56. yiza says:

    I like carrot cake so much I served it at my wedding.

  57. Marianne says:

    I like carrot cake *shrugs*. No, it probably wouldnt be my first or even my second choice for a birthday cake, but I would eat it either way.

  58. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I like carrot cake so long as it isn’t destroyed by adding raisins into the batter. It wouldn’t be my choice for a birthday (I like white almond or a marbled chocolate and butter cake for that) but it’s still delicious. My grandmother’s Italian Cream Cake is my all-time favorite general purpose cake. I should make one this weekend just because.

  59. Citresse says:

    I think carrot cake is a favourite of Camilla and Charles… Charles likes his vegs for sure and no doubt got Camilla on a healthier diet, especially around the time of their engagement. Also, Charles influenced Camilla to stop smoking. Camilla makes Charles very happy. Charles is often photographed with a big smile when he’s with Camilla. Something rarely seen when he was with Diana. Charles and Camilla are very, very good for each other.

  60. Vanessa says:

    Carrot cake is great. The Momofuku Milk Bar Carrot Cake recipe, incidentally, is one of my favourite cakes.

  61. paddingtonjr says:

    Happy Birthday, Duchess! I would love to have some wine and carrot cake with her; the stories she could tell! I love her no-nonsense approach and work-ethic; she has taken on patronages she is passionate about and it shows. She and Charles were truly meant to be together and still seem to adore each other. I am sorry they weren’t able to get married the first-go-round and that people got hurt, but I’m glad they were able to be happy together now.

  62. JanetDR says:

    Camilla has grown on me despite the history. That said, I’m a little surprised no one alluded to carrots being suitable for a horse faced woman because this is a “bitchy” site. But she doesn’t look as long faced as she used to either. Happy Birthday to her!

  63. KathyT says:

    I make a really good Chocolate Carrot Cake. it gets requested for birthdays! The frosting is like eating a cheesecake

  64. Anare says:

    Carrot cake makes me think of my mom who always ordered a rich yummy carrot cake for family gatherings. My preference is usually something killer chocolate. Someone up thread said they didn’t care for chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. That it was too much chocolate. Ah ha ha. What kind of foolery is that? There is no such thing as too much chocolate.
    I still throw shade on Charles and Camilla. I just can’t with either one of them. What they did to Diana is unforgivable. I just looked at a picture from C&Cs wedding and William and Harry looked stricken. Those poor kids. Maybe time has healed some of their wounds. I can never give C&C a pass for their horrible selfish behavior. Just nope. And I know no one gives a crap what I think but I’m just saying it anyway.

  65. Katebush says:

    We had carrot cake at our wedding at my hiusbands request (it’s his fave) and it was amazing simple and rustic and utterly divine! I ate it for breakfast the next day!

    I like Camilla she’s great and I think she looks better with age too.

  66. Ella says:

    @Anare, the world easily forgets. I remember Diana and her pain. It hurts that Charles was unfaithful but he didn’t get to “die” like she did.
    Diana’s struggle was for women in marriages with cheating husbands . I will nevet forget that.