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THAT wedding cake

shallots Apr 29, 2011 04:35 PM

Because the cake plays fifth fiddle behind the dresses, hats, handsome men and beautiful women at the wedding today, the eight tiered cake with exceptionally beautiful designs deserves to be appreciated.


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    syrup09 Apr 29, 2011 05:17 PM

    I'm diabetic so looking at it seems like a form of masocism. Anyway, Her dress was pretty.

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      david t. Apr 30, 2011 09:59 AM

      The cake lives up to expectation. It's beautiful, intricate and detailed. Even though white wedding cakes are unpopular right now, it's still nice to occasionally see one done well. is there any fondant on the cake? If it's all buttercream, then that's an amazing feat.

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        Roland Parker Apr 30, 2011 10:05 PM

        It will be fondant. Traditional British wedding cakes are fruitcakes covered with marzipan and fondant.

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          Jadore May 15, 2011 05:45 PM

          White wedding cakes are now unpopular? Since when?

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        jlafler Apr 29, 2011 06:33 PM

        It's a pretty object, but it doesn't really remind me of food.

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          Roland Parker Apr 30, 2011 10:05 PM

          Are wedding cakes supposed to?

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            small h May 4, 2011 04:23 PM

            In other news, the bride's gown did not look especially warm or comfortable. Sometimes it's okay for food to just be pretty. I enjoy finding an edible nasturtium in my salad, but let's not kid ourselves - nasturtiums don't taste like much. But they sure are pretty!

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              Caitlin McGrath May 4, 2011 08:08 PM

              Of all the edible flowers I have tasted, nasturtiums have the most and best flavor. Nice and peppery. The others surely didn't taste like much, but they're pretty, too!

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                sunshine842 May 4, 2011 11:57 PM

                I don't think there's ever been a wedding dress made, especially for an occasion such as this, that was actually designed to be warm or comfortable.

                I did wonder if she was freezing...and saw she went for an angora cardigan for the reception.

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                  small h May 5, 2011 04:59 AM

                  That was my point. Wedding dresses, like wedding cakes, have a value beyond the purely functional.

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                    chowser May 5, 2011 05:25 AM

                    Or they would just be called dresses and cakes.;-)

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              jujuthomas Apr 29, 2011 06:46 PM

              THanks, that's the first I saw of the cake. it was lovely!

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                melo7 Apr 30, 2011 05:53 AM

                How long until Robert Irvine takes credit for the cake?

                1. Gio Apr 30, 2011 06:02 AM

                  Oh come on you guys. That cake was a work of art. And, Fiona Cairns looks justifiably pleased and proud. In fact I think everything about the wedding was perfect. (Well, except for some of the outfits, but that's another story.)

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                    fern Apr 30, 2011 06:17 AM

                    Wow, spectacular!

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                      shallots Apr 30, 2011 07:15 AM

                      And a picture of the Groom's cake which is McVittie wafers in chocolate and fancied up.


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                        jujuthomas Apr 30, 2011 09:27 AM

                        also gorgeous! :)

                      2. im_nomad Apr 30, 2011 08:53 AM

                        I was wondering why no one seemed to be talking about the food ! The McVities cake looked particularly good. I've seen a few copycat recipes out there, and I think I'll try one soon. The chocolate / biscuit combination has always been a favorite of mine.

                        The list of canapes served also sounded very good.

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                          shallots Apr 30, 2011 10:22 AM

                          If you have enough bandwidth for a download, ABC's Nightline last night (4/29/2011) had a lovely visit to the bakers of both cakes. The decorations on the white cake were shown being formed. A general recipe was given. They also had more about the chocolate cake than I've been able to find elsewhere.


                          1. Kajikit Apr 30, 2011 04:34 PM

                            Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing... it's elegant and sophisticated but not garish.

                            1. ChefJune May 2, 2011 01:09 PM

                              That's a gorgeous cake, and I feel for the folks who had to handle all that $*%()^& fondant. Been there, done that, wrote the book and HATE to work with that stuff. (Can you tell I don't like fondant?)

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                                Jay F May 2, 2011 03:33 PM

                                I hate fondant, too.

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                                  sunshine842 May 2, 2011 11:59 PM

                                  the Daily Mail article says "The confectionery masterpiece covered in cream and white icing and decorated with up to 900 delicate sugar-paste flowers", but that sure *looks* like fondant.

                                  The flowers and piping are, um, WERE magnificent.

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                                    chowser May 3, 2011 04:54 AM

                                    Everything except the monogram of intertwined letters "W" and "C." As a calligrapher, I see so much poor lettering on cakes. I know no one else notices but it catches my eye. I'm surprised they didn't have a calligrapher design that. But, I know I'm being nit-picky because it's a breathtaking cake.

                                2. Naguere May 2, 2011 11:34 PM

                                  Remember the cake will be dismembered and small boxes will be posted to all sorts of people.

                                  Often they pop up in newspaper articles 'I still have a piece of Queen Victoria's wedding cake' stylee.

                                  the icing traditionally would be hard Royal icing


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                                    chowser May 3, 2011 04:55 AM

                                    How would they cut a cake frosted in royal frosting?

                                  2. pdxgastro May 4, 2011 01:48 PM

                                    Did y'all notice some of the British bakers wearing a hat with a hairnet attached? When you see some of the bakers on the tv cake shows (eg. Ace of Cakes) with their hair all out and free, you wonder if stray hairs don't make it into their cakes. Skeevy!

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                                      Jay F May 4, 2011 08:45 PM

                                      Hairnets make people look deformed. I find having to look at people wearing them *infinitely* more skeevy than contemplating whether some normally-dressed person is shedding stray hairs. In a similar vein, I don't like watching someone making me a sandwich who's wearing those awful plastic gloves.

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