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What Is The Military's Favourite Cake?

It is a chocolate indulgence for the Royal Marines, but can you guess which is the overall favourite?

Lemon, chocolate or carrot cake? RAF, Navy and Army all have different taste when it comes to sweet treats.

New research by YouGov for Help for Heroes has put an end to this question. 

Lemon drizzle is the cake RAF and Royal Navy personnel prefer, excluding the Royal Marines, who are all about chocolate.

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The Royal Marines go against the Navy trend and widely prefer a slice of chocolate cake (Picture: Toa Heftiba).

Lemon drizzle is the favourite bake not just among the Armed Forces, but nation-wide, with 12% of adults putting it above chocolate brownies and Victoria sponge.

And while the Royal Marines seem far more interested in chocolate cakes, the British Army throws their weight behind carrot cake.

With cooking and baking shows becoming increasingly more popular, there are other positives to getting one's hands dirty in the kitchen.

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Both RAF and Navy prefer their cake to be a lemon drizzle one (Picture: Suhyeon Choi).

A fifth of the Royal Navy thinks that baking for others makes them feel good and a quarter of the RAF enjoys baking because of the sense of accomplishment gained when the cake is ready.

In its work supporting wounded, injured and sick veterans, Help for Heroes has also found baking and culinary therapy can be a useful tool to aid the recovery of those who have sustained life-changing injuries or illnesses.

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Army personnel prefer eating a slice of carrot cake (Picture: Alisa Anton).

Rosie Dummer is now a multi-award winning cake artist, but she used to be a Helicopter Pilot with the British Army. Baking, she said, is a form of mindfulness for her:

"It provides a great outlet for people to express themselves creatively plus giving or receiving homemade bakes offers such a real feel-good factor. "

The research was conducted by YouGov for Help for Heroes ahead of its 'Bake for Heroes' campaign for Armed Forces Week (22-29 June).