It is made from 17 individual fruit cakes (12 of which form the base) and has eight tiers. It is decorated with up to 900 delicate sugar-paste flowers as well as leaves of 17 different varieties. 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.
Speaking at Buckingham Palace, Ms. Cairns said
‘The picture gallery has high ceilings and is an imposing room so I wanted the cake to have presence but not to be imposing and I think it worked.Catherine did not want it to be seven feet tall, she didn’t want it to be towering and thin, and I think we succeeded.‘
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.
The Grooms’ Cake
The chocolate biscuit cake was created by Mcvitie’s Cake Company using a Royal Family recipe at the special request of Prince William.