Friday, April 29, 2011

Celebrating Prince William and Kate's Wedding with two cakes!

Today is THE big day.

The whole world has its eyes turned towards Westminster Abbey to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton tying the knot. Etiquette, Protocol, Attire have been scrutinized, commmented and discussed by media across the globe. The press has been full of the Royal Wedding. We know where the happy event will take place, what car Kate will be arriving in, which carriage will be decorated for the Prince & Princess' departure, where the Parade route takes them, which worldy royals will attend the ceremony, etc, etc, etc.

I will not bore you with facts that we have all been bombarded with over the last weeks. I cannot spill the beans about Katherine's wedding dress either because I have no clue, just like the rest of the world.

I do however wish to introduce the person whom William and Kate have designated as their wedding cake designer: Fiona Cairns. Fiona Cairns Ltd began on Fiona’s kitchen table 25 years ago, when Kishore Patel – Fiona’s husband and now managing director of the company – spotted the potential of his wife’s beautifully crafted handmade cakes. In 2001, Kishore joined the company full time and the business moved out of their garden and into a state of the art bakery in Leicestershire, the heart of the English countryside. Trained as a graphic designer as well as a pastry chef, Fiona is perfectly placed to create gorgeous and delicious cakes. The company prides itself on being creative and – besides providing cakes for seasonal celebrations – ensures its fabulous handmade cakes reflect current trends.

Fiona Cairns will create a multi-tiered traditional fruit cake with cream and white icing for the royal couple, according to a statement issued from the Royal Press Office. The matrimonial dessert will also feature a strong British floral theme, using the intricate piping elements of the Joseph Lambeth method.

Additionally, the couple has also asked McVitie's Cake Company to create a chocolate biscuit cake for the reception at Buckingham Palace. The chocolate biscuit cake will be made from a Royal Family recipe and was specially requested by Prince William. What is known is that huge cake will contain 17 kilos of chocolate and some 1,700 of the company's "Rich Tea" brand cookies - enough to feed all 600 guests.

Stay tuned for the Chocolate biscuit Cake recipe tomorrow!

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