Royal wedding cake: eight tiers of frosted fruitcake goodness
Prince William and Kate Middleton, as we knew her Friday morning, were to cut the wedding cake as the duke and duchess of Cambridge at the queen's lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace.
The wedding cake, designed by Fiona Cairns, was accompanied by a chocolate biscuit cake that William had requested made from a royal family recipe.
Garland on the cake matched architectural garland in the room, and each of the many varieties of flowers decorating the cake carried a specific meaning.
The wedding cake was made up of 17 individual fruitcakes, with 12 forming the base. The cake was then decorated with cream and white icing using the Joseph Lambeth technique. Read more about the cake and the significance of each flower here.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Kate and Wills' eight-tiered wedding cake -- made of 17 stacked fruitcakes by Fiona Cairns and her team -- awaits the newlyweds in the Picture Gallery of Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011. Credit: John Stillwell / Pool / European Pressphoto Agency