Details of the Kate and Williams official wedding cakes were released after yesterday’s lunchtime wedding reception at Buckingham Palace for 650 close friends and family.
The main centrepiece cake was an eight-tiered moist dark fruit cake, covered in sugarpaste with masses of floral and piped details. The fourth tier mirrors details in the room, with the roses, acorns, ivy leaves, apple blossom from the wall’s garlands. Elsewhere on the cake seventeen different blooms and foliage have been used for their symbolism “language of flowers”. These included ivy (marriage), daisies (innocence), Sweet William, cascading orange and apple blossom, bridal rose (happiness), myrtle (love), and lily of the valley (sweetness and humility).
The cake stood almost 4ft tall, took five weeks to make and two days to set up in the Palace picture gallery. Fiona Cairns, who also makes cakes for Harrods, Waitrose and Selfridges, said “Catherine did not want it to be 7ft tall, she didn’t want it towering and thin, and I think we succeeded.” Palace pastry chef Kathryn Boyden said: “This cake made me speechless. It is exactly what the bride wanted. It’s perfect.”
So what do I think? I really like the reference back to the language of flowers, but personally I would have preferred to have seen a beautifully designed and executed elegant wedding cake. A cake that complimented the sophistication and style of Sarah Burton’s stunning wedding dress design, yet also incorporated some of the happy couple’s personality. I feel the cake could have been so much more than it was, after all, we have many very talented and highly skilled sugarcrafter’s and cake makers in this country. Two months however is a very short lead time for such a large wedding cake, Fiona and her staff must have worked extremely hard to produce this cake – what a task!!
It will be interesting to see what impact; such a potentially influential cake has on global wedding cake trends. Will brides rush to have their own scaled down versions? Only time will tell……
Do let us know your thoughts…..