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Hungry for more royal wedding coverage? Presenting Prince William and Kate Middleton's eight-tiered cake, to be consumed at Friday's reception.

Fiona Cairns spent five weeks putting together the entire dessert and covering it with 900 flowers, ivy leaves and lace work -- upon Kate's request -- and topped with the newlyweds' cipher.

So what's inside? Some delicious details from the Daily Mail:

"The cakemaker would not reveal all the ingredients she used but said the cake contained a range of produce from dried fruits such as raisins and sultanas to walnuts, cherries, grated oranges and lemon, French brandy and free-range eggs and flour."

And now, without further ado, the tastiest close-up yet.




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  • kathy marie okelleher

    thank you united kindom ,and the royals well done,
    FROM MARSH

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  • laontour

    Ok I know it takes time to decorate a cake but 5 weeks ?? That is going to be dried out like a old shoe!

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  • Bren

    The flower decorations are what took 8 weeks to make not the wedding cake.

  • JB

    No it won't - it's done in stages and most wedding cakes are baked then frozen to retain freshness then decorated.

  • HC01

    If the cake is a fruit cake it can last 50 years - not dried out.

  • Ken

    There are times that if you cannot say something nice, it may be better to say nothing at all. Shapiro

  • Terry

    I actually make cakes, and once the cake is frosted, then covered in the fondant...it actually seals the cake and it will and can remain moist for many weeks.

  • MIke

    Actually, Brit wedding cakes traditionally ARE fruitcakes as was this one.

  • Gregory

    Now that's no way to talk about the Queen Mother :-)

  • Rooftop Voter


    4-29-2011 @6:15PM
    HC01 said...If the cake is a fruit cake it can last 50 years - not dried out.

    Sort of like a Twinkie surviving 50 years

  • kaden

    MY WEDDING CAKE MADE IN UK HAD 3 TIERS FIRST LARGE ONE IS FOR THE WEDDING DAY, NEXT SMALLER IS FOR ANAVERSARY ONE YEAR LATER. THIRD SMALL ONE IS FOR FIRST BABY , AND WE KNOW THAT COULD BE 10 YEARS OR MORE, THE CAKES ARE MADE WITH LIQUOR AND THEN TO PRESERVE ITS SEALED WITH MARZAPAN, A PASTE MADE FROM ALMONDS, THEN A VERY HARD ICEING TO SEAL IT, AND IT TASTED 4 YEARS LATER LIKE DAY IT WAS MADE,

  • Peg

    LOL, they do say a fruitcake gets better with age. I say fruitcake at any age makes a great paperweight.

  • Donna

    Use your brain...nobody is going to serve dried up cake at a royal wedding that costs millions of dollars....STUPID!!!!!

  • falling

    The whole process took five weeks, but the first weeks are spent preparing the flowers and other decorations and if the cake required 900 flowers, probably twice that many were actually made, maybe even more. There were probably two identical cakes made for such a grand occasion just on the very rare chance that something would happen to the one being presented. Each layer is baked and frozen, or with fruit cake perhaps covered with marizapan or fondant which will seal the moisture in, then the cake is refrigerated and put together in the last 24-48 hours. It is a beautiful cake...congratulations to the newly weds!

  • Sherrie

    And I would have thought it was better looking then that one. I'm a regular person and 22 yrs ago my wedding cake was much prettier then this one. I also like my wedding dress better also.

  • Barblyn

    There is a renowned cake decorator in the US and I can't remember her name..she does gorgeous cakes. Frankly I am not impressed with the wedding cake. I hope it tastes better than it looks. It would have looked prettier with some color added using flowered icing- violets-blubells whatever. Not impressed at all. Was expecting something else.

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  • Olivia

    Ok...let's see your cake making skills then. We'll hang out here until you get back from the store with your Betty Crocker cake mix.

  • Kimstip

    Oh, I think it is stately, very beautiful, and elegant.
    Color??? Save that for a birthday cake.

  • sleekkat40@aol.com

    well, i may not be able to decorate a cake but i bake from scratch and somehow they get ate up in just a couple of days and i only get 1 piece! so not fair!

  • Donna

    And Barblyn if it were your wedding you could have your cake with bluebells or whatever but beings it is not...mind your own business!!! The cake is beautiful and just what the bride wanted...so GET OVER IT!!!!

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