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Royal wedding: William chooses secret family recipe for wedding cake

28 MARCH 2011

In a break with tradition, Kate Middleton and Prince William will have two cakes at their April 29 wedding.

Kate has been integral in the design of the traditional offering - a multi-tiered fruit cake.


Made by Leicestershire baker Fiona Cairns (above), it will feature edible flowers - an English rose, a Scottish thistle, a Welsh daffodil and an Irish shamrock.

Fiona said that each of the tiers of the cake – which will be the centre-piece of the couple's Buckingham Palace reception - will have a different theme.

Of the bride's involvement in the design process, she revealed: "She has guided us right from the beginning and has quite strong ideas.

"She knew very much what she wanted and she brought us mood boards and told us what influences she would like us to use on the cake."


It will also feature the couple's official monogram – their intertwined initials – which will be released on the day of their wedding.

The second cake - a groom's cake - is based on a childhood favourite of William's.

It is an unbaked chocolate biscuit creation, which will be made by McVitie's according to a secret royal family recipe.

The ingredients include crushed Rich Tea biscuits and dark chocolate, but the exact recipe and method are a closely-guarded secret.


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