At the afternoon reception held at Buckingham palace, a wedding cake and a chocolate biscuit cake were also served. To learn more on the afternoon reception menu, see The Royal Wedding: The Menu.
The Wedding Cake
The wedding cake, designed by Fiona Cairns, is made from 17 individual fruit cakes (12 of which form the base) and has eight tiers.
The cake has been decorated with cream and white icing using the Joseph Lambeth technique. The Joseph Lambeth Method is derived from a style of decorating that was popular in England where chefs and decorators would use intricate piping to create 3-D scrollwork, leaves, flowers, and other decorations on a cake. A cake decorated in the Lambeth Method and accented with fresh fruit or flowers is the wedding cake of choice for anyone who wants a traditional looking, elegant wedding cake.
There are up to 900 individually iced flowers and leaves of 17 different varieties decorated on the cake. A garland design around the middle of the cake matches the architectural garlands decorated around the top of the Picture Gallery in Buckingham Palace, the room in which the cake will be displayed.
Each of the 17 different flower designs on the official wedding cake has their own individual meaning according to the Language of Flowers. They include:
- White Rose – 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 – Grant me one smile
- 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.
Chocolate Biscuit Cake
The chocolate biscuit cake was created by Mcvitie’s Cake Company using a Royal Family recipe at the special request of Prince William.
The chocolate biscuit cake consists of 3 layers.
Covered in dark chocolate with decorations of flowers and leaves in white chocolate and dark chocolate.