Finally, we have photographs of Mrs. Cairns beautiful creation from inside the Picture Gallery of the Palace. Fiona Cairns creates elegant, modern, understated cakes for such icons of cool as Keith Richards and Sir Paul McCartney. With this cake, she wanted to create a sense that the tiers were light, floating even, but not with the use of columns. The cake itself is a traditional fruit cake made with raisins, walnuts, cherries, grated oranges and lemon, French brandy, free range eggs, flour, and other ingredients. Decorations on the cake include William and Kate’s intertwined initials and representations of acorns, a symbol of the new Middleton coat of arms. Kate had asked that her cake include “the language of flowers,” which certainly comes across as you look at these pictures.
Of the two cakes made for William and Kate’s wedding reception at Buckingham palace, this one by Fiona Cairns is the true wedding cake. The other cake by McVitie’s turns out to be a smaller, sumptuous-looking, sort of auxiliary chocolate cake.
The McVities Chocolate Cake