Thursday, 5 May 2011

Will's and Kate's Royal Wedding Cake (s)

Ok, so I'm still completely mesmerised by all things to do with the Royal Wedding.

I have now bought my commemorative Will and Kate Royal Mug, and am holding out for a beautiful tea towel.

I have still have most of the papers from the weekend still to read - having bought them all, and I still haven't quite made it through the special Royal Wedding additions of the glossys.

My first point of call magazine wise was, as always Hello!.

It was there that I stumbbled on the first picture of the Royal Wedding Cake made by Fiona Cairns.

All I can say is WOW!

Fiona Cairns started out just like you and me, baking in her kitchen. She now employs 50 people and  supplies Harrods, Selfridges, Waitrose and evidently the Royal Family!
The cake perfectly compliments the floral theme of the wedding, with hidden messages in 'the Language of Flowers' just like her dress and bouquet.


Rose (white) - national symbol of England
Daffodil - national symbol of Wales, new beginnings
Shamrock - national symbol of Ireland
Thistle - national symbol of Scotland
Acorns, oak leaf - strength, endurance
Myrtle - love
Ivy - wedded love, marriage
Lily of the valley - sweetness, humility
Rose (bridal) - happiness, love
Sweet William - For guess who?!
Honeysuckle - the bond of love
Apple blossom - preference, good fortune
White heather - protection, wishes will come true
Jasmine (white) - amiability
Daisy - innocence, beauty, simplicity
Orange blossom - marriage, eternal love, fruitfulness
Lavender - ardent attachment, devotion, success, and luck.

I think it is an absolute master piece and just demonstrates what a beautiful (and tasty) art-form cake baking has become.
The cake took 5 weeks to complete, and decorations were being added until the very last minute. 

My favourite part of the cake was where Will and Kate's initials were intertwined with each other. So romantic!

Most of the magazines chose not to cover the chocolate refrigerator cake (a speciality of my Mum's) that Will had requested specially from McVities (unfortunately not my Mum). The Groom's cake, looked a lot fancier than my Mum's version, but just like traditional American Groom's cakes clearly demonstrates the fun and playful side of Will's character.

 Unlike Fiona's cake, which might be a little bit difficult for a regular baking enthusiast (understatement of the century), you can make your very own Will's Chocolate Refrigerator Cake. 

You'll need:
100g butter
300g milk chocolate
400g condensed milk
Large packet of Digestives or Rich Tea biscuits
Handful of glace cherries
Handful of raisins
Variety of chopped nuts

What to do:
Crush the biscuits in a bag or large bowl.
Stir in the raisins, nuts and cherries.
Melt the condensed milk, butter and chocolate in a pan.
Mix everything together in the bowl.
Pour into a tin lined with greaseproof paper.
Put in the fridge until set, or freeze.
Break off a piece and enjoy

Ok, it won;t look as fancy as the actual one he had, but I bet it tastes bloody great!

Rule Britannia and all the Jazz!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome information on the cakes. Thanks.